Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Oscar H. Horst

Second Advisor

Dr. Eugene C. Kirchherr

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access



The paucity of comparative urban research is of course not due to indifference or lack of foresight on the part of social scientists, but to the absence of comparable or standardized information from one country to another and to the technical problems presented by this deficiency. The units of observation themselves, that is "cities" and "towns," have not been standardized, nor have we had information on a representative sample of these for the world as a whole. Furthermore, the structure of urban communities has changed with increasing urbanization, a change that has gone further in some countries than in others. This dynamic element has meant that definitions or urban places adequate for one region or time have not been suitable for another region or time.

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