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Subalterity, public education, and welfare cities: Comparing the experience of displaced migrants in three cities - Havana, Toronto, Kolkata

Subalterity, public education, and welfare cities: Comparing the experience of displaced migrants in three cities - Havana, Toronto, Kolkata

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Principal Investigator: Ranu Basu

Funding: SSHRC Insight Grant.

Term: 2015-20/22.

The project traces the geopolitical impacts of forced displacement on cities and schools through questions of conflict and displacement in Havana, Toronto, and Kolkata. The research explores the interrelationship between the quality of state-based education, the subalterity of displacement, and the implications which these issues have for the urban public realm.  State funded public education (within capitalist and anti-capitalist orientations), long valued as a critical tool for reducing inequality, promoting economic mobility and advocating for social justice, can have an ongoing transformative effect on the evolution of the public realm.

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