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    Multiple shocks and slum household economies in South India

    Harriss-White, B. and Olsen, W. and Vera-Sanso, Penny and Suresh, V. (2013) Multiple shocks and slum household economies in South India. Economy and Society 42 (3), pp. 398-429. ISSN 0308-5147.

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    This research uses a fresh perspective to trace the impact of multiple economic, financial and environmental shocks on slum-dwellers in the South Indian city of Chennai from November 2008 to May 2009. It examines the effects of a concatenation of events scaled from the global to the local, consisting of economic shocks (speculation in financial, fuel and food markets) and extremes of rainfall and temperature, on a cross-section of the urban poor (differentiated by age and gender), taking in household dynamics and work status. The paper also traces the rapidity with which these shocks transfer from the global economy to slum settlements. The method involved twelve-month recall over three survey periods during the shocks and their aftermath, a comparison of emic and etic measures of economic well-being and the comparative use of mixed methods. This research is also the first application of qualitative comparative analysis to slum conditions.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Special Issue: The Underbelly of the Indian Boom
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): informal economy, ageing, gender, poverty, shocks and crisis, qualitative comparative analysis
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2013 07:22
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:07


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