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Type: Journal article
Title: Water insecurity and patchwork adaptability in Bangalore’s low-income neighbourhoods
Author: Drew, G.
M. G., D.
Jyotishi, A.
Suripeddi, S.
Citation: Water International, 2021; 46(6):900-918
Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Issue Date: 2021
ISSN: 0250-8060
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Georgina Drew, Deepika M. G., Amalendu Jyotishi and Shruthi Suripeddi
Abstract: This paper explores the ‘patchwork adaptability’ of low-income residents living in south-eastern Bangalore in India to demonstrate the socially embedded ways that city dwellers patch their water supply gaps. Drawing upon site visits and semi-structured interviews in three neighbourhood enclaves, the discussion highlights how residents cope with difficult and water-insecure contexts despite the municipality’s resource governance failures. While we encourage appreciation of the remarkable resilience that low-income populations in Bangalore exhibit, the evidence lays bare the need for more government support to help low-income residents navigate water insecurity in ways that require less time-intensive labour and social networking.
Keywords: Water insecurity; patchwork adaptability; low-income residents; informal economy; Bangalore/Bengaluru; India
Description: Published online 17/8/21
Rights: © 2021 International Water Resources Association
DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2021.1963031
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