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Author Thomas, Frederic C.
Title Calcutta poor : elegies on a city above pretense / Frederic C. Thomas.
Imprint Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, 1997.

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Author Thomas, Frederic C.
Subject Poor -- India -- Kolkata.
Economic assistance, Domestic -- India -- Kolkata.
Description 1 online resource (ix, 189 pages) : illustrations
Note "An East Gate book."
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-181) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Impressions -- Black Town and the City of Palaces -- Bhadralok and the Genteel Poor -- Refugees and Migrants -- Slums and Squatters -- Bustees from Within -- Improving the Bustees -- Caste and Occupational Niches -- Providing Livelihoods -- Mobilizing the Community -- Slum Politics -- The Intractability of Urban Poverty.
Summary Calcutta is notorious for its pavement dwellers, street children, and scavengers that have become a portrait of the worst sort of human degradation. In this illuminating critique, Thomas investigates the standard solutions - improved housing, increased job creation, and intervention of social services agencies - only to come to the conclusion that such initiatives have little effect on the inherent nature of the problem of poverty. Based on historical and anthropological findings, and the author's visits to the slums of Calcutta, what becomes clear is that even in the midst of great poverty, there is a nobility of character, a vitality of ethnic and cultural ties, and an energy that bring out inventiveness and ingenuity in the lives of the poor. If Calcutta's poverty is not to be an intractable problem, these internal forces must be awakened to generate solutions. Illustrated with stunning photographs, Thomas's reflections provide new insight into an age-old problem.
ISBN 0585026564 (electronic bk.)
9780585026565 (electronic bk.)
9781315479255 (electronic bk.)
1315479257 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 42922354
Additional Format Print version: Thomas, Frederic C. Calcutta poor. Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, 1997 1563249812 (DLC) 96035877 (OCoLC)35521586
Table of Contents
 Black Town and the City of Palaces15
 Bhadralok and the Genteel Poor25
 Refugees and Migrants35
 Slums and Squatters49
 Bustees from Within63
 Improving the Bustees75
 Caste and Occupational Niches91
 Providing Livelihoods109
 Mobilizing the Community123
 Slum Politics141
 The Intractability of Urban Poverty153

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