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Book review: The illegal city: space, law and gender in a Delhi squatter settlement

Vasudevan, Alex (2013) Book review: The illegal city: space, law and gender in a Delhi squatter settlement. LSE Review of Books (18 Jul 2013). Website.

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"The Illegal City: Space, Law and Gender in a Delhi Squatter Settlement." Ayona Datta. Ashgate. September 2012. --- The Illegal City explores the relationship between space, law and gendered subjectivity through a close look at an ‘illegal’ squatter settlement in Delhi. Since 2000, a series of judicial rulings in India have criminalised squatters as ‘illegal’ citizens, ‘encroachers’ and ‘pickpockets’ of urban land, and have led to a spate of slum demolitions across the country. This book argues that in this context, it has become vital to distinguish between illegality and informality since it is those ‘illegal’ slums which are at the receiving end of a ‘force of law’, where law is violently encountered within everyday spaces. Ayona Datta does not shy away from asking difficult questions, writes Alex Vasudevan.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2013 14:18
Last Modified: 18 May 2020 23:18
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/54152

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