Originally published in 1957 this volume deals with the issue of large scale immigration into Freetown, Sierra Leone from the rural areas in the 1950s and the problems which arose as a result. It analyzes the way traditional social systems had to adjust to the demands of urban life and charts the growth of Freetown from its foundation in the 18th Century. The ethnic composition of its population  and the character of the rural districts from which the migrants come are also discussed, along with the motives for migration, the nature of housing and employment.

part One|38 pages

The Growth of Freetown

chapter I|20 pages

Tribal Settlement in A Creole City

chapter II|16 pages

Problems of Administration

part Two|35 pages

Internal Migration

chapter III|19 pages

The Background to Rural Emigration

chapter IV|14 pages

Migration and Employment

part Three|147 pages

Urban Structure and Tribal Institutions

chapter V|19 pages

Freetown’s Population

chapter VI|25 pages

Ethnic Groups and Their Relations

chapter VII|21 pages

Tribal Groups and Religious Alignments

chapter VIII|20 pages

Tribal Headmen

chapter IX|22 pages

Young Men’s Companies Among The Temne

chapter X|12 pages

Other Voluntary Associations

chapter XI|17 pages

The Household

chapter XII|9 pages

Summary and Conclusions