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Urban Squatters and Slums
Looking behind the Fašade:
How People Manage in Squatter Settlements

Hari Srinivas


The five photos used in this essay were taken during 1995-1997 as a part of a field study in Bangalore, India. They represent scenarios where not all is doom and gloom in slums and squatter settlements of cities in developing countries. Much can, and has, been done by people's initiative alone - simply by offering a tacit agreement not to 'interfere' in their lives!

Not all the pointers in this essay exist in squatter settlements in general, but does provide an 'alternative' view to the facile one of squatter settlements as breeding grounds for disease, crime and degeneration.

The five photos and the accompanying essay are presented in no particular order:


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