Ahmedabad

Urban Informality and the Production of Exclusion

Authored by: Vrushti Mawani , Michael Leaf

The Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanization

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138183889
eBook ISBN: 9781315645544
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315645544-2

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Abstract

This chapter examines mechanisms involved in the production of poorly serviced, predominantly Muslim settlements in Ahmedabad, India, through a process blatant enough to have been labeled ‘ghettoization’. The overarching question driving our inquiry is: how have ethno-religious ‘ghettos’, expressly recognized and labelled as such, come to be and grow in a constitutionally secular country where discriminatory exclusion from access to housing is not permitted by law? While much has been written about the nature of Muslim marginalization that has taken place in Ahmedabad, there is no overarching narrative that explains how and why these mechanisms of exclusion have been able to embed ghettoization in the city’s identity.

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