1st Edition

Neighbourhoods and Neighbourliness in Urban South Asia Subjectivities and Spatiality

Edited By Sadan Jha, Dev Nath Pathak Copyright 2022
    250 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    250 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    250 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This volume examines urban South Asia through the ideas of neighbourhood and neighbourliness. With a focus on the affective socio-spatial and sensorial experiences of non-metropolitan, small and intermediate cities, the chapters in the volume look at neighbourhoods as a key to exploring the textures of urban life. Bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, urban studies, planning, and social history, the book highlights urban heterogeneity and contemporary transformations in South Asia. It discusses the linkages between urban lived spaces and social life; memory, migration, and exile; and the city and its society through practices of everyday life in neighbourhoods. With studies from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and India, the volume addresses a wide range of issues pertaining to urban experiences in their regional specificities and in a broader context of the Global South.

    This book will be useful to scholars and researchers of urban sociology, anthropology, urban studies, planning and development, social history, political studies, cultural studies, geography, and South Asian studies. It will also interest practitioners and policymakers, architects, planners, civil society organisations, and thinktanks.

    Chapter 1. Neighbourhoods and Neighbourliness in Urban South Asia: An Introductory Outlook 

    Sadan Jha and Dev Nath Pathak


    Part I: Spatial Subalternity


    Chapter 2. Becoming Urban: Subjectivities and Collective Lives in Gurgaon’s Urban Villages

    Mukta Naik


    Chapter 3. Neighbourly Nilphamari: Mediated Relationships in Bangladesh

    Ratan Kumar Roy and Dev Nath Pathak


    Chapter 4. Reclaiming Neighbourhoods through Informal Temporalities: Pettah, Sri Lanka

    Kelum Palipane and Anoma Pieris


    Chapter 5. From Growing Up in Durbarthok to Living in Kathmandu and Back: Places and Multiple Belonging in Nepal  

    Binit Gurung



    Part II: Memory, Personal Experiences and Life History


    Chapter 6. The Life and Times of Vijaya baji in Panjrapol: A Biography of a Lived Neighbourhood

    Gauri Bharat

    Chapter 7. In the Neighbourhood of Memory: Sensuous Space of Banglagarh, Darbhanga

    Sadan Jha


    Chapter 8. Reframing the Para? The ‘Muslim’ Neighbourhoods of Kolkata

    Anasua Chatterjee


    Part III: Politics of Othering and Stigma


    Chapter 9. The Biharis of Orangi Town, Karachi: Experiences of Belonging and Neighbourliness Maliha Khan


    Chapter 10. Invisible Refugee Neighbourhoods of Lucknow: Redefining the Neighbourhood as Gu'āṇḍha and Gali Môhollā

    Anjali Gera Roy


    Chapter 11. Neighborhood of Resilience and Hope: The Making and Re-making of Wanathamulla Nihal Perera, Nirmani Liyanage and Asanka Senadeera


    Sadan Jha is Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Studies, Surat, India.

    Dev Nath Pathak is a founding faculty member of Sociology at South Asian University, New Delhi, India.