Growing buildings in corn fields: Urban expansion and the persistence of maize in the Toluca Metropolitan Area, Mexico

Amy Lerner, Stuart Sweeney, Hallie Eakin

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Abstract

Urban growth continues to rise globally, especially in and around small cities and peri-urban areas of the developing world. In Mexico, a culture of maize production still exists alongside rapid urban and industrial growth, which exemplifies a hybridized urban-rural landscape. This paper discusses a study of household land-use and livelihood strategies in the Toluca Metropolitan Area, west of Mexico City, a traditional maize-growing region that has experienced rapid urban growth. Logistic regression combined with ethnographic data illustrate that maize is being abandoned to some extent as producers age and non-farm income sources surge. At the same time, some maize still persists for tradition and security as non-farm income is often volatile. Our results reflect a persistence of maize in peri-urban areas of central Mexico, which should not be ignored by policy and planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2185-2201
Number of pages17
JournalUrban Studies
Volume51
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 11 2014

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Keywords

  • identity
  • maize
  • Mexico
  • peri-urban
  • rural-urban transition

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  • Urban Studies

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Growing buildings in corn fields : Urban expansion and the persistence of maize in the Toluca Metropolitan Area, Mexico. / Lerner, Amy; Sweeney, Stuart; Eakin, Hallie.

In: Urban Studies, Vol. 51, No. 10, 11.08.2014, p. 2185-2201.

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