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dc.contributor.advisorVidyarthi, Sanjeeven_US
dc.contributor.authorDean, Laurenen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-28T00:06:58Z
dc.date.available2017-10-28T00:06:58Z
dc.date.created2017-05en_US
dc.date.issued2017-04-17en_US
dc.date.submittedMay 2017en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10027/21886
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores how women in Mumbai constitute their own spaces within the city’s public transit system and how gender segregated infrastructure creates opportunities for women who rely on informal urban spaces to access formal and informal work. The gender segregated female-only compartment on the Mumbai suburban railway system has been crucial to expanding women’s mobility in the city and female passengers reconstitute the ladies’ car as not only a piece of mobile infrastructure, but also as an extension of the domestic sphere and as a space of labor for women who participate in the informal economy. How do women in Mumbai repurpose public spaces to address the city’s infrastructural shortcomings and how does policy making and regulation work against women’s mobility? This paper looks to examine this question through participant observation and literature review. Many of the opportunities that the local trains present to very poor women exist only because Mumbai’s transportation infrastructure is overcrowded and unevenly managed. These critical spaces face two dominant threats to their continued existence; the uneven protections afforded to informal workers through municipal policymaking, and new infrastructure projects that look to modernize and privatize transportation infrastructure. Women’s intentional and collective efforts to build their own informal infrastructures within the space of the ladies compartment demonstrate how insurgent planning works to create community-led urban spaces that are more useful and inclusive of marginalized communities.en_US
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dc.subjectTransportation, Gender, Citizenship, Insurgency, Planning, Mumbai, India, Informal Labor, Informalityen_US
dc.titleIntentional Informality in Gendered Spaces on the Mumbai Local Suburban Railway Systemen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.departmentUrban Planning and Policyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Illinois at Chicagoen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMUPP, Master of Urban Planning and Policyen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSutton, Staceyen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLowe, Kateen_US
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dc.contributor.chairVidyarthi, Sanjeeven_US


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