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Migration And Asymmetrical Integration In Latin America

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This chapter outlines some mediating propositions that should allow us to reconcile general theory with unfolding historical processes as we build an overall theoretical explanation of migration. It gives a presentation of Marxs theory of relative surplus population, calling attention to what we see as its shortcomings and suggesting a solution designed to overcome them. The chapter presents some pertinent theses regarding underdeveloped societies, and on these grounds proposes the outlines of a solution to some of the most serious problems posed by contemporary migration. In the case of Latin America, the migratory flow has since the 1950s become consolidated as a practically unilateral, South to North movement. The chapter shows that the surplus population is forced to do something in order to acquire the means of economic survival. This seems to support the theory that wage differentials are the real cause of migration.

Keywords: asymmetrical integration; Karl Marx; Latin America; migration; relative surplus population; wage differentials



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