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Exploring South Asian Urbanity



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ISBN 9780367134297
September 29, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge India
280 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book looks at the typologies of cities and ideas of urbanity. Focusing specifically on cities in South Asia, it analyses the unique planning concepts, archaeology, art, culture, life and philosophy of various cities of ancient and modern South Asia.

The book explores the concept of urbanity and the idea of an ideal city; it interrogates general notions of urbanity by juxtaposing city-life in various periods and geographies of South Asia. By analysing the demography, architecture, rituals and culture of various cities, it looks at the different spatialities of these places in terms of their size, population, commerce, and philosophy as well as the reasons behind the transformation of these places into urban centres. Drawing from various archeological and literary sources, the volume includes rich details about heterogeneity, rituals, festivals, social stratification, penal systems, famines and insurrections in ancient cities as well as modern cities like Lahore, Dhaka and Calcutta among many others in South Asia.

This book will be of interest to researchers and students of ancient and modern history, archaeology, urban studies, urban and town planning, urban sociology, urban geography, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, ancient and medieval architecture, heritage studies, conservation studies, and South Asian studies.

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This book looks at the typologies of cities and ideas of urbanity. Focusing specifically on cities in South Asia, it analyses the unique planning concepts, archaeology, art, culture, life and philosophy of various cities of ancient and modern South Asia.

The book explores the concept of urbanity and the idea of an ideal city; it interrogates general notions of urbanity by juxtaposing city-life in various periods and geographies of South Asia. By analysing the demography, architecture, rituals and culture of various cities, it looks at the different spatialities of these places in terms of their size, population, commerce, and philosophy as well as the reasons behind the transformation of these places into urban centres. Drawing from various archeological and literary sources, the volume includes rich details about heterogeneity, rituals, festivals, social stratification, penal systems, famines and insurrections in ancient cities as well as modern cities like Lahore, Dhaka and Calcutta among many others in South Asia.

This book will be of interest to researchers and students of ancient and modern history, archaeology, urban studies, urban and town planning, urban sociology, urban geography, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, ancient and medieval architecture, heritage studies, conservation studies, and South Asian studies.

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Biography

Urvi Mukhopadhyay has completed her PhD from School of Oriental and African Studies. She is now teaching as Associate Professor in the Department of History, West Bengal State University, Barasat, India. She has authored, The ‘Medieval’ in Film: Representing Contested Time on the Indian Screen (1920s to 1960s) and numerous articles on culture, media and history. Her research areas include politics of representation, urbanity and communal constructions. Her ongoing researches include inter-community relations in urban India and textile networks.

Suchandra Ghosh is Professor in the department of History, University of Hyderabad. She broadly takes interest in Politico-Cultural History of early North-West India, Indian Ocean Buddhist and Trade Network, Regional History and history of Everyday life in Early India. She participated in projects relating to India’s relation with Southeast Asia. She was awarded the Savitri Chandra Shobha Memorial Prize of Indian History Congress, for the book From the Oxus to the Indus: A Political and Cultural Study in 2017.