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Ecologies of Urbanism in IndiaMetropolitan Civility and Sustainability$
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Anne M. Rademacher and K. Sivaramakrishnan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139767

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139767.001.0001

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Housing in the Urban Age: Inequality and Aspiration in Mumbai

Housing in the Urban Age: Inequality and Aspiration in Mumbai

(p.201) 8 Housing in the Urban Age: Inequality and Aspiration in Mumbai
Ecologies of Urbanism in India

Nikhil Anand

Anne Rademacher

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter explores how certain slum dwellers in Mumbai access the housing opportunities offered by recent projects of the Slum Redevelopment Authority (SRA). Drawing on the work of activists, politicians and private developers, it demonstrates how large numbers of settlers in Mumbai actively seek inclusion in this housing regime. This chapter offers unexpected lessons about the changing aspirations of the urban middle classes, especially those at the lower end of the spectrum. It shows their tenacity in finding stable housing both for social and economic returns in an unforgiving and always complicated urban environment.

Keywords:   India, Ecology, Urban, Mumbai, Slum development, Housing, Aspiration, Social, Inequality

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