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Potters, Plotters, Prodders in a Bombay Slum: Marx and Meaning or Meaning Versus Marx

Owen M. Lynch
Urban Anthropology
Vol. 8, No. 1 (SPRING 1979), pp. 001-027
Published by: The Institute, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40552832
Page Count: 27
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Abstract

Anthropological studies on squatter settlements exhibit two imbalances.First, much of the ethnographic coverage is from Latin America and the Middle East. Second, much of the literature is in structural form and appears in aggregate data studies, Marxian or dependency studies, and studies of mediators or voluntary associations. This paper considers culture more than structure. It disaggregates the category of squatters and considers three ethnic groups in a Bombay, India, slum. The paper concludes that cultural consciousness and identity, disaggregated ernie categories, cultural and symboNc constitution of mediators and voluntary associations, and cultural praxis also deserve study and inclusion in explanatory theory of slums and squatters settlements.

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