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Architecture and Urbanism in a Contact Zone Histories of Difference, Migrancy and Dwelling in Kolkata

By Mark Mukherjee Campbell Copyright 2023
    208 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores how histories of migration, cultural encounter and transculturation have shaped formations of urban space, domestic architecture and cultural modernity in Kolkata from the early colonial period to the beginning of the era of India’s economic liberalization. It charts how these themes were manifest in what was an important ‘contact zone’ in the history of globalization and the modern city.

    Drawing on a wide range of resources and representations, from urban plans and architectural drawings to European travel journals and Bengali literature and cinema, the book investigates the history of Kolkata through an examination of key urban and architectural spaces across the colonial and postcolonial epochs. Through illustrated chapters, it sheds new light on questions of difference and segregation, cultural hybridity, migration, and entanglements of tradition and modernity in the city, analyzing spaces inhabited by a diverse range of cultures, including several neglected in previous studies.

    Architecture and Urbanism in a Contact Zone offers an instructive contribution to the fields of global architectural history and theory, urban studies and postcolonial cultural studies for scholars, researchers and students alike.



    Part 1. Urban space


    1 Difference, segregation and hybrid urbanism in colonial Calcutta


    2 Colonial modernity, migrancy and urban residence


    3 Postcolonial Kolkata


    Part 2. Domestic space


    4 Domestic architecture, difference and hybridity


    5 Tensions between tradition and modernity in domestic architecture


    6 Domestic architecture and migrancy




    Mark Mukherjee Campbell is a researcher and educator in Urban Studies and Architectural History and Theory.