`Sites of entitlement` approach to conceptualising the right to water & sanitation

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Courtesy of IWA Publishing

The paper 'Sites of entitlement: claim, negotiation and struggle in Mumbai' is now freely available online, ahead of its October publication in Environment and Urbanization. 

In 'Sites of entitlement: claim, negotiation and struggle in Mumbai', Colin McFarlane and Renu Desai argue for a reshaped view of the right to water and sanitation. Building on fieldwork in informal settlements in Mumbai, they see entitlement as being key to ensuring that this right is fulfilled. The paper bridges theory (rights, entitlements, and moral economies) and reality (everyday experiences in areas where basic services are lacking). Ultimately, the paper points out, 'Working in and with sites of entitlement at the neighbourhood level and across multiple actors is in our view the most effective route to lasting sanitation and water improvement, even though it is slow and particularist.' 

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