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Lifestyle Migration on the Southern Jalisco Coast: Sustainability and Cosmopolitanism in Community-Led Development

Abstract / Resumen / Resumo

ABSTRACT:

This article expands understandings about the effects of lifestyle migration on local communities through an analysis of the relationship between lifestyle migration and local sustainable development initiatives. La Manzanilla is a small town with a large population of foreign residents I designate as “lifestyle migrants,” a category of consumption-driven mobility delineated in a growing field of scholarship about migrants moving primarily from the North to the South. I describe community development in the context of the shifting social and material landscape of the southern Jalisco, Mexico coast with ethnographic attention to local sustainable development agendas that intersect with local conceptions of cosmopolitanism. In a community inhabited by lifestyle migrants for an entire generation of local residents, I analyze the influence of lifestyle migrant capital and ideology on an expanding local middle class youth, and suggest youth-initiated sustainable development is diminishing community vulnerability to displacement.

RESUMEN:

Este artículo complica investigaciones de los emigrantes de estilo de vida en un analysis del desarrollo comunitario dentro del contexto de cambio del paisaje social y material de la costa del sur de Jalisco, México. La Manzanilla del Mar es un poblado pequeño costero con una población proporcionalmente grande de residentes extranjeros temporales y permanantes. Describo a estos residentes extranjeros como “emigrantes de estilo de vida,” un tipo de mobilidad ante todo del norte global a sur de global. Los informes de los empresarios residentes y las observaciones en los sitios ejemplifican el encuentro concurrente y contradictorio de los imaginarios del cosmopolitanismo y sostenibilidad central al desarrollo dentro de una comunidad poblada por emigrantes de estilo de vida durante hace ya una generación de habitantes lugareños.

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