International Journal of Anthropology

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 209-224

First online:

Living conditions and the health of two social groups inhabiting a squatter settlement in Calcutta, India

  • Ray S. Affiliated withAnthropology and Human Genetics Unit, Indian Statistical Institute

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Squatter dwellers are found in almost all the Third World countries. Poor living conditions are the characteristic features of all the squatter settlements. Again, poor living conditions are also associated with the health condition of the squatter dwellers. In the present study an attempt has been made to compare and contrast the living condition of two social groups (Hindu and Muslim) inhabiting a squatter settlement in Calcutta, India. The results show that the overall living condition of the Muslim is worse than that of the Hindu. The morbidity pattern is also worse in the Muslim than in the Hindu.

Key Words

Living condition Squatter dwellers Health