Community development and urbanization
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic and Social Council;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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A study of African urban areas reveals a series of characteristics very different from those of rural areas. The most striking difference is the contrast between the heterogeneity of the urban population and the comparative homogeneity of the rural population. The cities have grown by the accretion of groups of immigrants of very diverse tribal origins, who form so many, usually water-tight, social strata. So the population in most African cities is compartmentalized into "racial districts”, distinct adjacent townships, each with its own character and its own life, while rural communities normally comprise groups of the same origin and the few individuals or families from anywhere else are regarded as "foreigners".