ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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To Migrate or to Stay

Surinder S Jodhka Peasant Moorings: Village Ties and Mobility Rationales in South India edited by Jean-Luc Racine; Sage Publications, New Delhi, 1997; pp 400, Rs 495, MIGRATIONS from rural to urban areas in third world countries have been viewed with much interest particularly by those concerned with understanding the processes of development and change in these societies. The classical theorists, both in development studies as well as in demography, thought of migrations in an universal-evolutionary kind of framework. It was expected that as the developmental process unfolded, a large proportion of rural inhabitants would inevitably move to cities, giving up working on land and shifting to employment in industry or the urban service sector. Industrialisation and urbanisation have for long have regarded as the two most important indicators of the modernisation process.

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