Catalysts of Urbanism in the Countryside: Mukono, Uganda

This paper charts the catalytic forces of urbanism in Mukono township, Kyagwe region, in southern Uganda. It shows that roads, railways and the railway station played a major role in spreading urbanism in the area. It further argues that the life cycle of Mukono was closely linked to the interests of landlords. The story of Mukono is a synopsis of the Ugandan economic development story. The availability of industrial consumer goods stimulated the production of cash crops to provide cash – the new medium of exchange. All means of communication led to the capital city, Kampala, via small redistributive townships like Mukono. A key role in the distribution of consumer goods to the countryside and the extraction of produce for export was played by Asian and Arab entrepreneurs. The story of Mukono illustrates the dynamics through which rural areas became incorporated into the international market economy. Bibliogr., notes.

Title: Catalysts of Urbanism in the Countryside: Mukono, Uganda
Author: Obbo, Christine
Year: 1988
Periodical: African Studies Review
Volume: 31
Issue: 3
Period: December
Pages: 39-47
Language: English
Geographic term: Uganda
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/524071
Abstract: This paper charts the catalytic forces of urbanism in Mukono township, Kyagwe region, in southern Uganda. It shows that roads, railways and the railway station played a major role in spreading urbanism in the area. It further argues that the life cycle of Mukono was closely linked to the interests of landlords. The story of Mukono is a synopsis of the Ugandan economic development story. The availability of industrial consumer goods stimulated the production of cash crops to provide cash – the new medium of exchange. All means of communication led to the capital city, Kampala, via small redistributive townships like Mukono. A key role in the distribution of consumer goods to the countryside and the extraction of produce for export was played by Asian and Arab entrepreneurs. The story of Mukono illustrates the dynamics through which rural areas became incorporated into the international market economy. Bibliogr., notes.