oa East African Geographical Review - Kitgum: an urban study

Volume 1966, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1937-6812



The writing of this study was stimulated by three principal factors: the fact that relatively little has been written on the urban geography of individual East African towns; the need to emphasize by means of a specific example the fact that geography deals with realities rather than with academic abstractions, and that field work is the essence of geographical reseach; and that a geographical study of a town may be useful to the physical planner since ""town planning is the art for which geography is the science"".2 No systematic investigation of Kitgum Township has previously been attempted, and the present paper aims to fill this gap and to illustrate a straightforward method of general urban analysis which might usefully be applied to other East African towns.

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