Coping with the Threat of Evictions: Commercialisation of Slum Development and Local Power Play in Ahmedabad, India

  • Yutaka Sato


Yutaka Sato’s work is based on fieldwork in the slums of Ahmedabad in India. He examines the strategies that slum dwellers employed to secure their housing rights in response to the local government’s eviction drives. It addresses two different types of collective action initiated by the powerful amongst them to negotiate with external agencies. One was claiming their housing rights through redress with an Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and the opposition party. The other was the search for co-operation from their neighbours through coercive means, often with the aim to obtain more compensation. The chapter shows that the powerful members of a slum community can mobilise an ‘illegitimate’ means of survival when they are at risk of eviction and deprived of access to ‘legitimate’ channels of claim-making such as NGOs.


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  • Yutaka Sato
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  1. 1.Department of Comparative Study of CulturesTsuru UniversityTsuruJapan

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