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 Karan Singh Preface Omita Goyal Introduction: Revisiting Urban India Sujata Patel I Debate on Defining the Urban Rurbanisation: An Alternate Development Paradigm Amitabh Kundu Subaltern Urbanisation Revisited Partha Mukhopadhyay, Marie-Hélène Zérah, Eric Denis II Conditions Generating Work, Living and (In)Security Only ‘Good People’, Please: Residential Segregation in Urbanising India Trina Vithayathil, Gayatri Singh, Kanhu C. Pradhan Inclusive Urbanisation: Informal Employment and Gender Jeemol Unni Resettlement, Mobility and Women’s Safety in Cities Renu Desai, Vaishali Parmar, Darshini Mahadevia Cities for Healthy People Dinesh Mohan III Cities of Contemporary India The Planned and the Unplanned: Company Towns in India Ashima Sood, Sharadini Rath The Logistical City Ranabir Samaddar Cities and Smartness Prasad Shetty, Rupali Gupte Public Spaces and Places: Gendered Intersectionalities in Indian Cities Saraswati Raju, Tanusree Paul Reading the City through Art Christiane Brosius IV Urban Policy, Planning and Governance India’s ‘Urban’ and the Policy Disconnect Ajay K. Mehra Changing Trajectories of Urban Local Governance Amita Bhide Urban Development, Housing and ‘Slums’ Swastik Harish Engine Urbanism Himanshu Burte Post-national Urbanism: ‘Ordinary’ People, Capital and the State Sanjay Srivastava V Ecology, Environment and Well-Being The Art of Evolution Harsh Raman Singh Paul Nurturing Urban Commons for Sustainable Urbanisation Seema Mundoli, Hita Unnikrishnan, Harini Nagendra The Unsustainable Urban Waste Economy: What is to be Done? Barbara Harriss-White The Canal and the City: An Urban–Ecological Lens on Chennai’s Growth Karen Coelho Cities: Changing the Metaphor to Quality of Life Vikram Soni