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Hostility to tax; Mumbai slums

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First broadcast:
Wednesday 20 June 2012

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near Mumbai's international airport. The Pulitzer prize winning writer, Katherine Boo, spent 4 years hearing the stories of the slum dwellers who stand little chance of joining the 'new' Indian middle class. She talks to Laurie Taylor about her new book "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum". Also, the sociologist, Jeff Kidder, highlights new research which analyses why so many Americans are morally opposed to taxation. They're joined by British sociologist, Peter Taylor Gooby, who's researched British attitudes to tax.
Producer: Jayne Egerton.

  • Jeffrey L. Kidder

    Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Northern Illinois University

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Taxes
    Jeffrey L. Kidder, Isaac William Martin
    Symbolic Interaction
    Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 123–145, May 2012
    DOI: 10.1002/symb.10

    Find out more about Jeff Kidder
  • Peter Taylor-Gooby

    Professor of Social Policy at the University of Kent

    Squaring the Spending Circle
    British Academy and Oxford University Press, 2011

    Find out more about Peter Taylor-Gooby
  • Katherine Boo

    Journalist and writer

    Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum
    Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
    ISBN-10: 1846274494
    ISBN-13: 978-1846274497

    Find out mroe about Katherine Boo


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