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Economía, sociedad y territorio

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TORRES-CARRAL, Guillermo. Territoriality and urban sustainability in the Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico. Econ. soc. territ [online]. 2011, vol.11, n.36, pp.317-347. ISSN 2448-6183.

In this article we perform a theoretical-methodological approach to one of the current explanations on sustainable development, specifically urban: the so called territorial approach, taking into account the paradigmatic case of the Metropolitan zone of the Valley of Mexico (MZNM). The fundamental aim is to reflect on the analytical-cognitive interconnections that a new sort of development implies and, at the same time, analyze the practical consequences it leads to and to carry out a balance from its contribution and limitations. To do so, we resort to the general study of territorial approach; then, we considered the differences in the rural and urban spheres. Hence, only some reflections are formulated in relation to its scope in MZNM, and the difficulties that said approach carries, which here we consider insufficient to contribute to urban sustainability.

Keywords : territory; development; urbanization; planetariness.

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