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International Journal of Population Research - Volume 2014 2014, Article ID 494871, 11 pages -

Review ArticleDepartamento de Socioloxía, Universidade da Coruña, 15071 A Coruña, Spain

Received 9 May 2014; Revised 11 September 2014; Accepted 8 November 2014; Published 16 December 2014

Academic Editor: Shirlena Huang

Copyright © 2014 Manuel García Docampo. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper reviews the existing analysis framework for territorial dynamics and urban growth and proposes a taxonomy of interpretive theories as well as a critical review. Specifically, the paper aims to provide four innovations to existing knowledge in this field as follows: firstly, a clear presentation of how the data of population growth of each habitat type have appeared and their academic interpretations; secondly, a reclassification of interpretative theories into three groups: the counterurban, the post-fordist, and the cyclical theories; thirdly, with the ultimate goal to analyze the suitability of interpretations to the reality, a taxonomic proposal of habitat categories being made; fourthly, the final one refering to the balance of the theoretical to the empirical reality, in light of the data currently available, using the considered methodologies. That balance allows collecting positive elements of each theory and pointing to the possibility of developing a theory of synthesis.

Autor: Manuel García Docampo



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