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Migration as family strategy: Rural-urban labor migration in India during the twentieth century

Authors
Journal
The History of the Family
1081-602X
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Volume
2
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s1081-602x(97)90026-9
Disciplines
  • Economics

Abstract

Abstract The article analyzes the role of families in processes of rural-urban migration in India in the twentieth century. It shows that the continuous circular form of this migration should be explained as a consequence of rural family strategies. Already established kinship relations or marriage opportunities in the future act as a centripetal force, drawing the labor migrants back to their communities time and again. In addition, the article shows how labor migration is informed by economic and cultural considerations which determine the socioeconomic behavior of men and women.

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