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The Durable Slum: Dharavi and the Right to Stay Put in Globalizing Mumbai (Globalization & Community Series) Paperback – 14 Jun 2014


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"There remains a dearth of rigorous and creative monographs that present a sound analysis of urbanism and urban processes in Indian cities. "The Durable Slum "clearly fills this gap. In particular, Mumbai, often the subject of popular writing, does not have an iconic academic monograph that provides insights into the workings of the city. This is such a text. Liza Weinstein's work presents the sociological research and analysis that can transform the megaslum from a horizon of popular imagination into a field of inquiry." Ananya Roy, University of California, Berkeley"

"An important addition to the work being done on urban poverty." "Economic and Political Weekly"

"[The Durable Slum] is a significant contribution to the literature on urban transformations and the durability of low-income residents and their settlements. " "Pacific Affairs"

""The Durable Slum" not only adds to the scholarship on the political economy of Dharavi, but through analysis of the Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP) also forms an important contribution to the question of how poor, seemingly-powerless slum populations respond to the totalising forces of global capital, and how they manage to stay put ." "South Asia: Journal of South Asia Studies"

"Weinstein has produced a noteworthy book, which reminds us of the importance of long-term research in grasping the entangled and locally varying facets of urban processes." "disP= The Planning Review"

""The Durable Slum" is well worth reading and teaching and provides novel insights that apply to urban contexts near and far, domestic and international." "Social Forces""

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Liza Weinstein is assistant professor of sociology at Northeastern University.

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5.0 out of 5 stars All in all a great read, especially for a Mumbaikar like me 24 Jan. 2016
By Vikram - Published on Amazon.com
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I checked this book out from the library, read it and intend to buy it soon. The book offers the reader a glimpse of Mumbai's present and past through the perspective of its most (in)famous locality, Dharavi. Starting from the colonial Raj, to which Mumbai own its origin, Weinstein shows how Dharavi has been marginalized, imagined and manipulated by the city's economic and political elite, and how it has increasingly gained its voice with the introduction of democracy. Yet, this voice is still restricted to pleading/protesting/demanding the right to merely survive. The right to articulate their future and communicate their aspirations is still silenced by a state more interested in NRI dollars and bureaucratic 'master-plans'.

The book is a product of the author's multi-year stay in Dharavi as a young Marathi and Hindi speaking PhD scholar, so she is able to combine her sharp intellect and technical training with on the ground data from her friends and co-workers in Dharavi. She offers vignettes of individual lives intertwined with the broader narratives and forces swirling around.

All in all a great read, especially for a Mumbaikar like me.
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