The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


DPU Working Paper - No. 132

The Right To The City: Spaces Of Insurgent Citizenship among Pavement Dwellers in Mumbai


6 October 2007

Author: Anne-Marie Sanvig Knudsen

Publication Date: 2007

When two-thirds of the world's population is forecasted to live in cities by 2050, of which 3 billion will live in informal settlements (UNHABITAT), the notion of citizenship calls for a re-conceptual jostle and it needs to be reinserted in an urban context. The urban is no longer a neutral entity; it is a political space, in which the meaning of citizenship and urban life is on trial every day. Power relations are both forcefully contested and upheld.

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