The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty
Show Less

The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty Concepts, Research, Policy

Concepts, Research, Policy

  • Elgar original reference

Edited by Sylvia Chant

In the interests of contextualising (and nuancing) the multiple interrelations between gender and poverty, Sylvia Chant has gathered writings on diverse aspects of the subject from a range of disciplinary and professional perspectives, achieving extensive thematic as well as geographical coverage. This benchmark volume presents women’s and men’s experiences of gendered poverty with respect to a vast spectrum of intersecting issues including local to global economic transformations, family, age, ‘race’, migration, assets, paid and unpaid work, health, sexuality, human rights, and conflict and violence.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 56: Gender, Livelihoods and Rental Housing Markets in the Global South: The Urban Poor as Landlords and Tenants

Sunil Kumar

Extract

56 Gender, livelihoods and rental housing markets in the Global South: the urban poor as landlords and tenants Sunil Kumar Drawing upon research from cities in India, Mexico and Botswana, this chapter explores the meaning and significance of a gendered perspective on urban rental housing markets. The role of rental housing as a livelihood has been neglected in relation to ownership, despite the evidence that the poor rent rooms to a significant proportion of other urban poor individuals and households in the Global South. Furthermore, gendered perspectives on housing tenure have examined the role of men and women ‘separately’ rather than exploring the ‘relationship’ between men and women in rental housing markets. The main emphasis of this chapter is on a gendered treatment of how rental housing is (1) part of a livelihood portfolio in its own right for those who provide it, and (2) as a pathway to other livelihood opportunities for tenants. Specifically in relation to women-headed and women-maintained households it can also play an important psycho-social role. It is argued that such a perspective provides sympathetic policymakers with a stronger case for the implementation of a gendered rental housing policy. A gendered perspective on urban housing and human settlements The importance of identifying and incorporating gender into the design of urban housing as well as planning for urban development has been stressed since the mid1980s (see for example, Chant, 1996; Moser, 1987). However, such explicit attention has, by and large, not been made in relation to rental...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.


Further information

or login to access all content.