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Neighbourhoods and Neighbourliness in Urban South Asia
Subjectivities and Spatiality

ISBN 9781032233109
Published April 26, 2022 by Routledge India
250 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.