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“Family and Collective Remittances to Mexico: A Multi-Dimensional Typology of Remittances”

“Family and Collective Remittances to Mexico: A Multi-Dimensional Typology of Remittances”

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Title: “Family and Collective Remittances to Mexico: A Multi-Dimensional Typology of Remittances”
Author: Goldring, Luin
Abstract: The development potential of remittances has resurfaced as a topic of analysis,
based in part on dramatic increases in migration and amounts of money 'sent
home', and partly in the growing interest and involvement by states and nonstate
actors in gaining leverage over remittances. The trend is indicative of an
emerging remittance-based component of development and poverty reduction
planning. This article uses the case of Mexico to make two broad arguments,
one related to the importance of extra-economic dimensions of remittances,
particularly the social and political meanings of remittances, and the other
based on a disaggregation of remittances into family, collective or community-
based, and investment remittances. Key dimensions of this typology
include the constellation of remitters, receivers, and mediating institutions;
the norms and logic(s) that regulate remittances; the uses of remittances
(income versus savings); the social and political meanings of remittances; and
the implications of such meanings for various interventions. The author concludes
that policy and programme interventions need to recognize the specificity
of each remittance type. Existing initiatives to bank the un-banked and reduce
transfer costs, for example, are effective for family remittances, but attempts
to expand the share of remittances allocated to savings, or to turn community
donations into profitable ventures, or small investments into large businesses,
are much more complex and require a range of other interventions.
Type: Article
Rights: The definitive version is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.0012-155X.2004.00380.x/abstract
http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0012-155X&site=1
http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/10026
Published: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Luin Goldring, “Family and Collective Remittances to Mexico: A Multi-Dimensional Typology of Remittances,” Development and Change 35.4 (2004): 799-840.
Date: 2004

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