Amit Kumar

Research countries
  • India
Research projects

Right Livelihood College

Professional experience

BA Honors History from University of Delhi (2011-14)

MA Social Work in Livelihood and Social Entrepreneurship from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (2014-16)

Funding institutions

Right Livelihood College / German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Thesis title

Marginality at the interface of contemporary development processes in urban India

Thesis abstract

Against the background of evicting slum dwellers due to the exclusionary slum rehabilitation policies and their resistance against it, this research tries to understand the changing conception of citizenship in the city of Mumbai. Here I propose to study the role of the slum dwellers as an active citizen of the city. For this, it will understand the perceptions around belongingness to the city, roles and responsibilities of the slum dwellers to be in the city and their act of making their house by themselves. Then the slum dwellers’ individual and collective resistance against the demolitions will be studied as their act of citizenship broadening the category of modern citizenship itself. At last, I propose to analyse the process of city remaking studying the planning culture and conducting a comparative study of vertical structure provided under slum rehabilitation policy to the slums in itself. Within the planning culture, it will understand the involvement of different actors and their decision making for remaking of the city of Mumbai, anthropologically. In a comparative study of the slums and vertical slums (vertical slums are flats provided to the slum dwellers under rehabilitation policy), it will trace the changes it has brought to the nature of citizenship for the slum dwellers.

For the proposed research, the researcher will conduct a yearlong ethnographic research in the slum communities of M Ward, Mumbai. During the field research, in-depth interviews will be conducted with the slum dwellers, people living in vertical slums, local leaders, state authorities and NGOs working there. It will use the participatory tools to understand the demography of the slums for the selection of respondents for this study. The network analysis of actors involved in the planning processes and service delivery and archival research will help us understand the cultural dynamics of city planning. At last, the researcher will do a participant observation of the collective struggles of slum dwellers to understand the mobilisation of slum dwellers against demolitions, their claims, claimants and the methods of struggle.


Supervisors of
doctoral work

Prof. Dr. Eva Youkhana

Advisor at ZEF

Dr. Irit Eguavoen

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Amit Kumar

Junior Researcher


ZEF A: Department of Political and Cultural Change