The Study focuses on the social and, more especially, the cultural processes governing colonial urban development and develops a theory and methodology to do this.
The author demonstrates how the physical and spatial arrangements characterizing urban development are unique products of a particular society, to be understood only in terms of its values, behaviour and institutions and the distribution of social and political power within it. Nowhere is this more apparent than in 'colonial cities' of Asia and Africa where the environmental assumptions of a dominant, industrializing Western power were introduced to largely 'pre-industrial' societies. Anthony King draws his material primarily from these areas, and includes a case study of the development of colonial Delhi from the early nineteenth century to 1947. Yet, as the author explains, the problems of how cultural social and political factors influence the nature of environments and how these in turn affect social processes and behaviour, are of global significance.
This book was first published in 1976.
Table of Contents
1. Colonial urban development : the problem stated
2. Towards a theory of colonial urban development
3. The social and cultural context of colonial urban development
4. The language of colonial urbanisation
5. Military space: The Cantonment as a system of environmental control
6. Residential space: the bungalow-compound complex as a study in the cultural use of space
7. Social Space: the hill station as a cultural community
8. Delhi: a case study in colonial urban development
9. The transformation of a pre-industrial city, 1857-1911
10. Imperial Delhi, 1911-47: a model of colonial urban development
11. Colonial urban development: some implications for further research