Richard L. Meier, drawing on a rich background in both the social and natural sciences, here demonstrates the promising potential of communications theory for explaining the phenomenon of urbanization. Though he characterizes this as an interim study, and promises a refinement within a few years, he has already established the outlines of a comprehensive theory of urban growth and organization.
This study was prepared while the author was a visiting staff member of the Joint Center for Urban Studies and of Harvard University. It is one of a series of monographs being issued by the Joint Center for Urban Studies, and the first of the series to be published by the MIT Press.
In this series, one of books, and another of reprints, the Joint Center makes its findings available to students of urban affairs, including public officials, citizen leaders, professionals, and private investors. Basic research is the first concern of the Joint Center, but it seeks also to contribute to the solution of urban and regional problems with findings that may be applied in the making of policy.
Martin Meyerson, Director Lloyd Rodwin, Chairman of the Faculty Committee
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