ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Struggles for Housing in a Democracy

Housing and Politics in Urban India: Opportunities and Contention by Swetha Rao Dhananka, Cambridge University Press, 2020; pp xvi + 232, `446.

Swetha Rao Dhananka’s Housing and Politics in Urban India: Opportunities and Contention provides a nuanced and insightful examination of the complex interplay between housing, politics, and institutions in the urban landscape of Bengaluru. In doing so, this book offers valuable insights into the housing processes in India. The study asks several pertinent questions within the context of the metropolitan city of Bengaluru: since political and elite society organisations are differently resourced, what existing conditions do they have to mobilise on the issue of adequate housing? To what extent are political opportunities different for such diversely resourced organisations? Do differential political opportunities within the formal polity and informal circuits of corruption translate into differences in accessibility? Whether the action repertoires of these organisations are sensitive to political opportunities? To what extent do the circuits of corruption skew conditions for mobilising (pp 13–14)?


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Updated On : 14th Feb, 2024
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