Livelihoods at the margins : surviving the city / James Staples, editor.Material type: TextPublisher: Walnut Creek, CA : Left Coast Press, c2007Description: 272 p. ; 23 cmISBN: 9781598742725 (alk. paper); 1598742728 (alk. paper); 9781598742732 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1598742736 (pbk. : alk. paper)Subject(s): Urban poor -- Developing countries | Sociology, Urban -- Developing countriesDDC classification: 305.5/69091724 LOC classification: HV4173 | .L58 2007Online resources: Contributor biographical information
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction : livelihoods at the margins / James Staples -- No money, no life : surviving on the streets of Kampala / Stan Frankland -- Embodying oppression : revolta amongst young people living on the streets of Rio De Janeiro / Udi Butler -- Children on the streets of Dhaka and their coping strategies / Alessandro Conticini -- Hindu nationalism and failing development goals : micro-finance, women and illegal livelihoods in the Bombay slums / Atreyee Sen -- Keeping it clean : discipline, control and everyday politics in a Bangkok shopping mall / Alyson Brody -- Fast money in the margins : migrants in the sex industry / Laura María Agustín -- -- Begging questions : leprosy and alms collection in Mumbai / James Staples -- Vulnerable in the city : Adivasi seasonal labour migrants in western India / David Mosse, with Sanjeev Gupta and Vidya Shah -- "Moving up and down looking for money" : making a living in a Ugandan refugee camp / Tania Kaiser -- "In-betweenness" on the margins : collective organisation, ethnicity and political agency among Bolivian street traders / Sian Lazar.
ex workers, street hawkers, drug sellers, cleaners—they are people living on the margins of urban life who are ubiquitous but widely misunderstood and notably absent from mainstream economic analyses. In Livelihoods on the Margins, anthropologists and practitioners engaged in hands-on development work use fine-grained ethnographic research to cut through the conventional narratives that romanticize, victimize, or demonize these populations. They go beyond the trendy “sustainable livelihoods” approach to development to examine the relationship between the agency people can actually wield over their own lives and the broader socio-political constraints that persistently push them to the margins. Making these multi-level connections across a wide range of world regions and situations, this volume shows how the micro-concerns of ordinary people might usefully guide the macro-concerns of governments, NGOs, and global institutions who are engineering large-scale social and economic development programs. Livelihoods at the Margins is an engaging and eye-opening read for undergraduate and graduate students studying development in anthropology, sociology, geography, economics, and other disciplines, as well as a useful tool for developments studies researchers and practitioners.