Ayona Datta’s book The Illegal City: Space, Law and Gender in a Delhi Squatter Settlement has been reviewed by Urmi Sengupta in the Times Higher Education supplement.
From the review:
Squatters’ communities are highly heterogeneous and residents experience constant change via their ever-shifting relationship to the distinctions of “legal/legitimate” and “illegal/illegitimate”. Inevitably, therefore, The Illegal City’s central message is a snapshot bounded by time and geography. However, this does not negate the work’s importance. At its core, it is an immensely scholarly work that adds substantive and methodological value to urban development studies.
Ayona Datta is a Senior Lecturer in Citizenship and Belonging at the School of Geography, University of Leeds.