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

    Keywords

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

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
    • Urban Studies

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