Urbanization of the South

Arnold Fleischmann

in The Oxford Handbook of Southern Politics

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195381948
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Urbanization of the South


This article concentrates on three topics. The first is population change, mainly urban concentrations, the rise of large cities, suburbanization, and the region's changing urban “hierarchy.” The second connects population trends with boosterism, economic development, and social change. The third links urbanization and politics. Analyzing urbanization in the South might seem to be a simple matter of tracing the movement of people from rural to urban areas. The region's urban transformation did not follow a common blueprint, and the so-called hierarchy among southern cities has changed substantially over time.

Keywords: population change; urban population; urbanization; suburbanization; boosterism; economic development; social change

Article.  8973 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics

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