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Social reproduction, ecological dispossession and dependency: life beside the río santiago in mexico

Published inDevelopment and Change, p. 1-30
Publication date2020

This article uses an integrated social reproduction theory (SRT) framework to highlight the interrelation between all non‐wage forms of survival, such as debt, community and the environment. The analysis demonstrates how Mexico's unregulated industrialization and social housing policies have created new forms of poverty and market dependency. The article relies on a comprehensive literature review and extensive fieldwork carried out in El Salto, one of Mexico's industrial peripheries, and shows how vulnerable populations become trapped, in this case on the banks of the Río Santiago, one of Mexico's most contaminated rivers. Parallel developments of industrial and housing policies contextualize the conditions unfolding throughout Mexico where populations are relocated to areas without adequate water and where drinking water is supplied by bottled water companies. This contribution highlights why an expanded SRT framework is valuable for understanding the relationship between ecological dispossession and the forced reliance on markets and debt.

  • Social reproduction
  • Mexico
  • Debt
  • Financialization
  • Water
  • Swiss National Science Foundation - WATSIN
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GREENE, Joshua, MORVANT-ROUX, Solène. Social reproduction, ecological dispossession and dependency: life beside the río santiago in mexico. In: Development and Change, 2020, p. 1–30.
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ISSN of the journal1467-7660

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