Park University Growth of Cities and Developing Countries Discussion

I’m studying and need help with a Sociology question to help me learn.

It is to my belief that the growth of cities in developing nations has been retarded by the influence/involvement of the U.S. and other developed nations. I say this because in one-way shape or form, the growth of cities is causing urban issues due to over-urbanization in most of the cities throughout the globe, which has common concerns such as economic and technological issues. With that, these issues has caused problems such as shantytowns, poor quality of life and environmental concerns (Macionis & Parrillo, 2017).

I would strongly argue that the U.S. and other industrialized nations have a social responsibility to aid less developed nations. In my opinion, the development has caused overpopulation and more struggles for poor individuals that reside in less developed areas in the world. As a result, overpopulation does not produce enough employment for all (increases poverty rate), have enough housing and facilities, or have health care that can service everyone’s needs. For instance, I read in our book how slum areas such as Nairobi and Kenya do not have lavatory facilities and pay young children to empty human manure (in the river) from shacks that are housed by 50 individuals (Macionis & Parrillo, 2017). With the growth and development from other areas in Africa, there has to be shared social responsibility to provide economic support to these slum zones.

With that, conditions should be placed to sectors that are affected by over industrialization. I state this opinion because this development has virtually caused urban poverty (i.e. inner ghetto areas/slums). Also, government officials need to economically care for the struggling countries like Africa (and other countries such as Asia and Latin America) because growth in cities has caused urban issues therefore, they need to facilitate in caring for the less fortunate at which they played a major role in their social dilemma.


Macionis, John J. and Parrillo, Vincent N. (2017). Cities and Urban Life seventh edition. US and other countries: Pearson Education.



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