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The Political Economy of Rural-Urban ConflictPredation, Production, and Peripheries$
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Topher L. McDougal

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198792598

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198792598.001.0001

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Production and Predation

Production and Predation

(p.32) 2 Production and Predation
The Political Economy of Rural-Urban Conflict

Topher L. McDougal

Oxford University Press

This chapter will outline some conceptual frameworks for understanding why and under what circumstances rural dwellers might take up their pitchforks against urban centers. Section 2.1 establishes common definitions of the terms and concepts employed. Section 2.2 explains the advantages of using a production network lens to examine the economy. Section 2.3 places the following chapters in a unifying theoretical framework, introduce the role of the state and mechanisms and processes of economic governance more generally. It describes the twin processes of production and predation as aspects of a broader dialectic between intensification and extensification. Section 2.4 constructs a simple model of the rural-urban relationship in conflict to theorize when predators will attempt to prey on the cities, versus when they remain in hinterlands.

Keywords:   urban–rural linkages, city systems, production networks, development economics, extensification, intensification

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