Gayatri Menon

Gayatri Menon is a historical sociologist. She works on the political economy of development, focusing on urbanization, displacement, and questions of home. She is currently working on urban health as a consultant at the Public Health Foundation of India's Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity and Social Determinants of Health.

Proximity and Intimacy in the Lives of Pavement Dwellers in Mumbai

Along many of the tree-lined side streets that radiate away from one of Mumbai’s main railways stations are rows of tiny, painstakingly assembled dwellings perched on the pavement, a hairs breadth away from swiftly moving vehicular traffic. Some of the dwellings are two storeys high, fabricated from bits of corrugated metal sheets typically used for …

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