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

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Family Migration in India

‘Push’ or ‘Pull’ or Both or What?

In this paper an attempt has been made to provide an account of family migration which is a relatively under-researched phenomenon, in India. The analysis, while suggesting the importance of factors related to both growth theory ("pull") and Third World urbanisation ("push") versions in explaining family migration, also brings out the importance of evolving a framework that incorporates the complex interplay of social, political, environmental and development-related factors for a more comprehensive understanding of family migration in India and in other parts of the developing world.

This paper is dedicated to S Subramanian, my friend, philosopher, and guide for the last two-and-a-half decades on his 60th birthday. I am certain that but for his guidance and inspiration I would not be what I am today.

This paper has benefited a great deal from extremely useful comments on an earlier version of the paper by S Subramanian.

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