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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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“Getting Ahead” as Moral Citizenship in the Face of Demolition

“Getting Ahead” as Moral Citizenship in the Face of Demolition

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(p.131) 3 “Getting Ahead” as Moral Citizenship in the Face of Demolition
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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/9780520284807.003.0003

This chapter explores how women and their families made sense of their mobility while the basic social conditions of survival shifted all around them. The demolition of their industrial slum ended an era of cooperation between their families and political patrons. While they hoped that the demolition could be halted, women argued that public protest would make them vulnerable. Amid stalled community efforts to protest the demolition, planning for the future, and surviving the demolition’s aftermath, women offered an alternative moral concept of citizenship. Their decision to live in Delhi—house or no house—was a quest to “get ahead.” Without recognition from the state, residents emphasized how their personal transformation, societal contributions, and their struggles to get ahead in a moral fashion furthered their security. Though researchers have celebrated how collective advocacy enables communities to improve social conditions, this chapter suggests that families’ calculations for health are motivated by complex notions of security.

Keywords:   moral citizenship, urban renewal, community organizing, security, mobility, demolition

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