ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Housing No Hope for the Poor

Amitabh Kundu Shelter for the Poor in India edited by Michael Dewit and Hans Schenk; Manohar, New Delhi, 1989; pp 147, Rs 135.
FOR several reasons this is a useful and an interesting addition to the current literature. Useful because it is not a mere collection of seminar papers, written under pressure to meet a deadline, the likes of which we have seen in plenty in recent years. In the present volume, each paper, contributed, all except one, by young Dutch scholars, is a chapter on a specific theme and the eight papers together present a comprehensive view of the major issues in the subject. Interesting because it makes a departure from the market-oriented thinking, which by now has become the dominant viewpoint in the field, and makes a critical appraisal of the latter using empirical data.

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