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Title: Citizenship in Limbo: an analysis of rehabilitation housing,
Authors: Haritas, Kaveri
Keywords: Citizenship
Urban poverty
Politics of the poor
Rehabilitation housing
Issue Date: 27-Apr-2021
Publisher: Centre for Policy Research and Centre for Human Sciences
Citation: Haritas, K. (April 27, 2021) Citizenship in Limbo: an analysis of rehabilitation housing, CPR-CSH Digital Workshop.
Abstract: Rehabilitation housing first began to be provided in the 60s and 70s in India. The Turkman Gate demolitions during the emergency and the exchanges of housing for sterilisation certificates marked the first set of exchanges between the state and the urban poor (Tarlo, 2001). Even as the judiciary consistently refused to recognise the rights of the urban poor to housing as a fundamental right, rehabilitation housing has found its way into local slum laws and municipal legislations, becoming over time integral to enabling evictions of the urban poor. Desirous of 'legal housing' and an escape from vulnerability to forced evictions, the urban poor are now quick to accept rehabilitation housing, prodded by mediators of various sorts. But what happens once they are 'rehabilitated'? Do they achieve their dreams of legality? Do they finally escape their status as 'illegal citizens' and become full citizens? This talk relies on a longitudinal ethnography following 50 families over a period of 6 years in one of Bangalore's largest rehabilitation areas, to uncover what becomes of the rehabilitated poor.
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