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Why loiter? Women and risk on Mumbai streets

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Why loiter? Women and risk on Mumbai streets


Mumbai, femme, woman, genre, gender, feminism, féminisme, espace urbain, rue, marginalité, équité sociale, Inde, India, Phadke Shilpa, Khan Sameera, Ranade Shilpa


Abstract from the publisher :
Presenting an original take on women’s safety in the cities of twenty-first century India, Why Loiter? maps the exclusions and negotiations that women from different classes and communities encounter in the nation’s urban public spaces.

Basing this book on more than three years of research in Mumbai, Shilpa Phadke, Sameera Khan and Shilpa Ranade argue that though women’s access to urban public space has increased, they still do not have an equal claim to public space in the city. And they raise the question: can women’s access to public space be viewed in isolation from that of other marginal groups?

Going beyond the problem of the real and implied risks associated with women’s presence in public, they draw from feminist theory to argue that only by celebrating loitering—a radical act for most Indian women—can a truly equal, global city be created.
Shilpa Phadke is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Media and Cultural Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and an Associate at PUKAR - Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research.
Sameera Khan is a Mumbai-based journalist and writer who teaches journalism at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Shilpa Ranade is an architect and a partner in the Mumbai-based design firm DCOOP.


Shilpa Phadke Sameera Khan Shilpa Ranade


Penguin Books India


February 2011