Slums As Manifestation of Urban Poverty, Social Inequality, Denial of Social Justice and Human Rights in Global South: Some Emerging Sociological Questions

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
WG05 Famine and Society (host committee)

Language: English, French and Spanish

 Slums, representing the darker and deprived side of urban human settlements seem to be growing faster in Global South in post liberalization era. The poverty is found in its starkest form in Slums and the same is visible in the form of extreme inequality in urban areas in terms of access to housing, basic services and civic amenities, multiple physical and environmental deprivations and denial of social justice and human rights. ‘The slums are also physical and spatial manifestation of urban poverty and intra-city inequality. Formation, growth and implications of slums have sociological importance in the context of social/community organization/ disorganization, social cohesion, social and human capital, urban social change, urban ecology etc. However, slums do not accommodate all the poor and not all the slum dwellers are poor. Slums and poverty are closely related and mutually reinforcing each other. The majority of slum dwellers earn their living from informal activities located either within or outside the slum areas. Most slum dwellers are engaged menial and less paid occupations’ (Teotia 2016). Slums are also manifestation of denial of social justice and human rights. This Session explores how slums are emerging as manifestation of urban poverty, inequality and with denial of social justice and human rights in global south. Some good practices addressing the concerns of the slum dwellers are also welcome. 
Session Organizer:
Manoj TEOTIA, Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), India
Namita GUPTA, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
Anupam BAHRI, Panjab University, India
Oral Presentations
Institutional Deliveries: A Study of a Slum in District Pathankot, Punjab
Deepikaa GUPTA, Panjab University, India; Swarnjit KAUR, Panjab University, India
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