oa East African Geographical Review - The spatial dimension of modernization in Uganda: basic aspects and implications

Volume 1971, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 1937-6812



Whenever geographers delve into the sphere of modernization studies they face a number of basic problems. Firstly, not many geographers, (or other social scientists) have made overall studies of the phenomenon. There are studies of urban systems and central place hierarchies, of patterns of agricultural development and innovation of distributional patterns of various individual phenomena which come under the general heading of 'modern', but only recently have geographers made an attempt to descriptionbe the spatial mechanisms of the modernization process as a whole. Secondly, although geographers often find such problems distasteful, there is a fundamental problem of definition. It is even difficult to lay down fundamental attributes of 'Modernization'. In spite of this, subjective ideas of the phenomenon appear to correspond fairly closely. There is thirdly the problem of whether one is examining the spatial attributes of modernization itself, or those things which bring about modernization, or indeed the resultant changes in spatial organization which take place as a consequence of the modernization process. Some studies already carried out seem to be trying to measure all of these three together.

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