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Social mechanisms for the development of irregular human settlements in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Sociology International Journal
Pedro Leobardo Jiménez Sánchez,1 Francisco Javier Rosas Ferrusca,2 Héctor Campos Alanís3 


The work presents partial results of a research carried out by the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, oriented to the analysis of urban growth that develops on the periphery of cities through informal and illegal land occupation processes. The analysis aims to address the social practices and mechanisms that the population exercises to satisfy their land and housing needs, taking the city of Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico as a case study. The results show that the State and real estate developers express their interest in developing the city in a formal way, in which they satisfy the needs of the population with high economic resources and leave aside the poorest population, who practice social actions for the development of irregular human settlements.


urban periphery, informal growth, social needs, illegal occupation