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1st Edition

Neo Delhi and the Politics of Postcolonial Urbanism

ISBN 9781032097015
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
226 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is augmented by an interactive website ( During research trips to Delhi and Gurgaon between 2008 and 2015 the author produced a multi-media urban archive that includes full color photos, an essay film, ethnographic videos, field notes and more pertaining to the arguments and ideas presented in this book. The reader is encouraged to actively engage with the website alongside this text.

This book challenges the prevailing metro-centric view of globalization. Rather than privileging the experiences of cities and urban regions in the industrialized world, it argues that cities in the so-called "developing" world present opportunities for scholars to re-think entrenched ideas of globalization, urban development and political community. Kalyan presents a trans-disciplinary exploration of the manifold possibilities and challenges that confront a "globalizing" megacity like New Delhi.

Combining theoretical scholarship, ethnographic exploration, media archival research and textual and visual analysis, the book foregrounds complex urban dynamics in and around the region and raises critical questions about changing urban life for postcolonial cities across the Global South. Kalyan employs methodological approaches from political economy, urban studies and visual culture to render a vivid portrait of changing urban life in India’s largest conurbation.

The book will be of interest to students and scholars of urban studies, postcolonial studies and inter-disciplinary studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Neo Delhi as an Image of Thought


Preface to Part I: Distance and Proximity in Delhi

Chapter One: The Urban

Chapter Two: The Neighborhood


Preface to Part II: Aura and Trace in Gurgaon

Chapter Three: The District

Chapter Four: The Enclave

Chapter Five: The Village

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Rohan Kalyan is Assistant Professor of ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought), Political Science and International Studies at Virginia Tech, USA.