About trade and trust : the question of livelihood and social capital in rural-urban interactions
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In this paper, rural-urban interactions are considered as linkages across space reflected in the flows of people, goods, services, finance, and information between urban and rural areas. We will draw mainly upon findings of research in West Africa, although our argument has a much wider purport. We do not attempt to exactly define the ‘urban’ and the ‘rural’, since every such attempt is controversial. ‘Rural’ activities like agricultural and livestock breeding occur in cities, and an activity usually classified as ‘urban’ (such as manufacturing) may turn up in the countryside. Moreover, in Africa a settlement of 5,000 people is typically ‘urban’ in morphology and functions, while in India such a settlement is classified as ‘rural’.
- rural-urban interactions
- west africa