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No One Will Let Her LiveWomen's Struggle for Well-Being in a Delhi Slum$
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Claire Snell-Rood

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284807

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284807.001.0001

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Let the Dirtiness Go

Let the Dirtiness Go

Managing Relations with Neighbors to Protect the Self

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No One Will Let Her Live
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Claire Snell-Rood

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520284807.003.0002

Chapter 3 examines why women were deeply suspicious of the neighborhood social networks on which they relied. Through the sordid tales they recounted, women argued that neighbors used others in their own immoral schemes of mobility. As much as they engaged with others, the women carefully protected themselves. This chapter revisits public health and anthropological research on urban poverty that holds that neighborhood relationships facilitate advocacy, social support, and resource sharing. Women’s private commentary on their relationships, in conjunction with observations of them in action, reveals varied techniques through which they retained charge of their interactions. They bolstered secrecy about their own identities, suppressed bonds, and yet still knew each other’s lives intimately. Women challenged the notion that the solidarities that generate daily health endure over time. Instead, their experiences indicate that what endures beyond the social resources of everyday health promotion were individuality and accountability for their own actions.

Keywords:   neighbor, social support, social network, individuality, urban poverty

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