Inequality among human beings has been a universal phenomenon. In modern times, the rapid growth of urbanisation and industrialisation has further widened the gap between the rich and the poor. Poverty has forced poor people to make their abode in slums and squatter settlements. Slums have become part and parcel of the urban world.
This study makes a diagnostic analysis of the plight of the urban poor and dimensions of poverty in slums and squatter settlements. The study highlights settlement patterns, ecological setting and environmental hazards in slums. It gives a vivid account of female-headed households and position of women and children. The study also focuses on different dimensions of poverty, especially giving an interesting account of the culture of poverty and gender discrimination. Scholars interested in studying different aspects of urban life will find this book informative and useful.