This book lays out the different and complex dimensions of urbanisation in India. It brings together contributors with expertise in fields as varied as demography, geography, economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, architecture, planning and land use, environmental sciences, creative writing, filmmaking and grassroots activism to reflect on and examine India’s urban experience. It discusses various dimensions of city life—how to define the urban; the conditions generating work, living and (in)security; the nature of contemporary cities; the dilemmas of creating and executing urban policy, planning and governance; and the issues concerning ecology and environment. The volume also articulates and evaluates the way Indian urbanism promotes and organises aspirations and utopias of the people, whilst simultaneously endorsing disparities, depravities and conflicts.
The volume includes interventions that shape contemporary debates. Comprehensive, accessible and topical, it will be useful to scholars and researchers of urban studies, urban sociology, development studies, public policy, economics, political studies, gender studies, city studies, planning and governance. It will also interest practitioners, think tanks and NGOs working on urban issues.
Foreword Preface Introduction: Revisiting Urban India I Debate on Defining the Urban Rurbanisation: An Alternate Development Paradigm Subaltern Urbanisation Revisited II Conditions Generating Work, Living and (In)Security Only ‘Good People’, Please: Residential Segregation in Urbanising India Inclusive Urbanisation: Informal Employment and Gender Resettlement, Mobility and Women’s Safety in Cities Cities for Healthy People III Cities of Contemporary India The Planned and the Unplanned: Company Towns in India The Logistical City Cities and Smartness Public Spaces and Places: Gendered Intersectionalities in Indian Cities Reading the City through Art IV Urban Policy, Planning and Governance India’s ‘Urban’ and the Policy Disconnect Changing Trajectories of Urban Local Governance Urban Development, Housing and ‘Slums’ Engine Urbanism Post-national Urbanism: ‘Ordinary’ People, Capital and the State V Ecology, Environment and Well-Being The Art of Evolution Nurturing Urban Commons for Sustainable Urbanisation The Unsustainable Urban Waste Economy: What is to be Done? The Canal and the City: An Urban–Ecological Lens on Chennai’s Growth Cities: Changing the Metaphor to Quality of Life