In constructing the urban as a set of interconnected actions, this book presents a less travelled route to understanding the city. It leads to a fresh perspective on several issues central to urban theory, including the uniqueness of a city alongside practices it shares with other urban places.
This book presents an innovative theoretical contribution to the field of urban studies, bridging the gap between western centric scholarship and perspectives from the global South. It offers conceptually rich insights, combining notions of cities as organisms, and references to postcolonial urban studies, with insights around aspirations, capabilities, agency, and social identity. It develops concepts, like the Proximity Principle, that help explain the experience of a city.
This conceptualization of the city as a process should interest all who are sensitive to cities, whether they study them in academia or simply develop close associations with specific urban places.
Table of Contents
Foreword. Preface. 1. In the midst of the urban. 2. The making of urban action. 3. Spaces and the Proximity Principle. 4. Negotiations of urban politics. 5. The place of the city. 6. The happenings of urban suspense. 7. The making and unmaking of institutions. 8. A city is what a city does.
Narendar Pani is Professor and Dean, School of Social Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies, India.