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Housing The Rural Poor In Kerala

October 27, 2018, 6:30:00 PM

Housing is an important basic human need for satisfying shelter, which also acts as a marker for an individual’s identity and status in society. It is more than the mere provision of four walls and a roof. It is a social need that also has cultural, economic, technical, environmental, and political dimensions. The process of making this customised product is also equally important and complex compared with other consumer products (Turner, 1996).

Benny Kuriakose submitted his Ph.D thesis titled, "Housing the Rural Poor in Kerala: A Revisit to Understand Success" to the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in 2014. Originally envisaged to be published as a book, the project got delayed due to various unprecedented reasons.

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The main motive of this architectural housing-based research is to understand the continued paradox of housing availability and housing shortage for the rural poor in India. This research attempts to understand the continued paradox of housing availability and housing shortage for the rural poor in India. The main contribution of this thesis has been to provide a framework for mapping the inter-play of indicators across the domains of policy, physical, and socio-cultural.