Rural to urban migration: The case of Mexico City in comparison to other megacities
Bachelor of Arts
The central argument of this thesis is two- fold: 1) rural to urban migration is a global demographic trend occurring at a greater rate than ever before in history. In developing countries especially, economic and state factors are contributing to those living in rural settings to migrate to urban areas; and 2) that despite this influx of peasants from rural to urban areas, self- emancipation of the impoverished class has proven to be possible through collective organization and mobilization. In understanding the factors that “ force” migration upon peasants in developing countries, economic, military and political factors are examined. In understanding the potential for self- emancipation of the impoverished class in developing countries, Mike Davis‟ Planet of Slums ( 2005) is examined and then discussed.
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