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The 'Problem' of the Urban Poor Policy and Discourse of Local Administration: A Study in Uttar Pradesh in the Interwar Period
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 31, No. 50 (Dec. 14, 1996), pp. 3245-3254
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4404882
Page Count: 10
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Based on a case study of four of the largest towns of Uttar Pradesh, this paper discusses the measures of the local authorities to reduce urban overcrowding, to improve sanitary and public health conditions and to implement town-planning schemes, all of which were undertaken in the interwar period on a far more extensive scale than ever before. It demonstrates that these policies contributed significantly to the 'creation' of the 'problem' of the urban poor, both materially by intensifying their scarcity of housing or impairing their sources of livelihood and discursively by categorising them as a distinct social group defined by their undesirable habits and practices.
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