The Multiple Faces of the State: Encounters between the State and Squatters in Kathmandu

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This article focuses on conditions of prolonged uncertainty for people residing in a squatter settlement, a sukumbasi basti, in Kathmandu and the role assigned to the state in this. Inspired by theoretical debates on urban governmentality and based on longitudinal ethnographic fieldwork, the article shows how the threat of eviction has resulted in a permanent state of uncertainty, but also a pragmatic acceptance of the state of affairs which, over the years, has contributed to fostering a strong sense of belonging to the area.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSouth Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies
Pages (from-to)988-1002
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

Bibliographical note

Special Section: Social and Political Transformation in Nepal: Exploring the Relational Nature of the State

    Research areas

  • Nepal, squatting, state, uncertainty, urban governmentality, urban poor, CITIZENSHIP, MARGINS, GOVERNMENTALITY

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