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      Mobility, translocal development and the shaping of development corridors in (semi-)rural Nicaragua

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          This paper aims to contribute to the debate on the linkages between mobility and development by exploring the concept of translocal development, proposed in this special issue. Based on empirical field research in Matiguás and Muy Muy, it analyses how mobility shapes the livelihoods of (semi-)rural households in Nicaragua and explores how the different household members use physical movement as a livelihood asset. It argues that (semi-)rural dwellers consider different types of movement as important strategies for establishing corridors between people and places and for achieving socio-economic improvement in their home community. At the same time, it shows how mobility, like any other livelihood asset, is played out in power-ridden social relationships that affect its potential. This way, the paper contributes to a dynamic and multi-dimensional understanding of how development processes shape – and are shaped by – mobility and interconnectivity.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                idpr
                121627
                International Development Planning Review
                Liverpool University Press
                1474-6743
                1478-3401
                1 January 2011
                6 October 2011
                : 33
                : 4 ( otherID: UU2713276719 )
                : 409-428
                Affiliations
                [ 1 ] Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp, IOB, Lange Sint Annastraat 7, Antwerp 2000, Belgium
                [ 2 ] NITLAPAN Research and Development Institute, Central American University of Managua, Nicaragua
                Article
                THU5PJ0G42633528
                10.3828/idpr.2011.21
                d0a70203-5c56-4442-960f-0d3b23e0caba
                History

                Urban development,Urban design & Planning,Environmental management, Policy & Planning,Geography,Urban, Rural & Regional economics

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