Gender and Slum Culture In Asia

By: Anil Kumar Srivastava
Pub. Date: 2010
Print ISBN-13: 9788175332607
Subject: Sociology
Price: USD 40.00 USD 30

About one third of the world's population lives in urban slum. The culture of slums provides a great contribution to cities as a labor force, artistic expression and countless other ways. The survival of the over 2 billion slum inhabitants is , therefore, crucial to our world economically and culturally. Countries throughout the world are rapidly urbanizing, particularly in the developing world, and for the first time in human history, the majority of people today are no longer living in rural areas, but rather in cities. In all developing countries, the certainities of rural traditions are giving way to urban life, with its opportunities and risks, its individual freedoms, and its more complex social demands and frameworks of support. Whereas in traditional rural communities, the extended family and established customs used to guide the transition to adulthood, in the rapidly changing urban environment, young people learn much about what to expect and how to behave, from their peers and increasingly from mass media. This has led to the creation of a youth culture, that is urban in nature and that serves as reference point for young people developing their identities, often while challenging their ascribed roles at home, school and work.