Today, writes Arjun Appadurai, “housing for the urban poor is
intimately connected to processes that characterize the modern world:
overcrowded megacities; complicated forms of taxation, credit and debt; legal
structures that have turned housing into property; political systems that have
made housing a pawn in high-order corruption, criminalization and political
warfare.” Appadurai recounts the global struggle for housing as a human
right, and emphasizes the relationship of secure housing to personal dignity
and full citizenship.
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