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City Requiem, Calcutta: Gender And The Politics Of Poverty

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Housing developments emerge amid the paddy fields on the fringes of Calcutta; overflowing trains carry peasant women to informal urban labor markets in a daily commute against hunger; land is settled and claimed in a complex choreography of squatting and evictions: such, Ananya Roy contends, are the distinctive spaces of a communism for the new millennium -- where, at a mo ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 24th 2002 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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Ralowe Ampu
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
i read this a while back when i was briefly fixated on urban studies. i remember it offered a detailed picture of the gendered distribution of domestic labor (both in and out of the home), how economic stability is feminized although power in the household is not, the labor commute these omen make to support their families (what roy refers to as the rural-urban interface). the book closes offering a bleak look at NGO and inter-party bureaucracy contributing to the perpetual rezoning and demoliti ...more
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Must be good. Can't seem to buy it used for anything less than 25 bucks!
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Jun 18, 2007 rated it liked it
A beautiful and engaging analysis of poverty, space, and gender, but incredibly incredibly dense and abstract.
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