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Title: Collective Mobilisation for Shelter: Politics of Informal Housing in Chandigarh Slums
Other Titles: Journal of POLITICAL STUDIES, Vol. 13, March-October 2017, pp 117-128
Authors: Negi, Shashi K.
Keywords: Collective Mobilisation
Informal Settlements
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: University of North Bengal
Abstract: The Major aim of the paper is to examine the patterns of collective mobilisation taking place in urban slums through a case study of grassroots mobilization around evictions and unavailability of security of tenure in selected slums of Chandigarh city. The biggest problem being faced by informal settlers in urban cities in the present times is the lack of adequate shelter and security of land tenure. Demolition drives and rehabilitation process started at large scale for the so called ‘city beautiful’ during the year 2013-2014 have compelled the slum dwellers to have more collective efforts. The paper uses an analytical narrative approach to account for patterns in collective behaviour, drawing on both quantitative and qualitative data gathered through interviews with 200 slum dwellers residing in Chandigarh city. Inferences drawn from the study reflect that dissent over demolition act and rehabilitation process for shelter gave significant rise to the collective mobilisation in the slums. Slum colonies are enjoying more exposure to outer world and support of local leaders or various grassroots organisations provide more potential for collective mobilisation.
ISSN: 2348-6538
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