1st Edition

The Other Global City

Edited By Shail Mayaram Copyright 2009
    260 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    258 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    What is a Global City? Who authorizes the World Class City? This edited volume interrogates the "global cities" literature, which views the city as a shimmering, financial "global network." Through a historical-ethnographic exploration of inter-ethnic relations in the "other global" cities of Cairo, Beirut, Istanbul, Bukhara, Lhasa, Delhi, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo, the well-known contributors highlight cartographies of the Other Global City. The volume contends that thinking about the city in the longue duree and as part of a topography of interconnected regions contests both imperial and nationalist ways of reading cities that have occasioned the many and particularly violent territorial partitions in Asia and the world.

    Prologue and Acknowledgments  1. Introduction: Re-Reading Global Cities: Topographies of an Alternative Cosmopolitanism in Asia  Shail Mayaram  Section I: Cosmopolitanism and the State  2. Beneficence and Difference: Ottoman Awqaf and “Other” Subjects  Engin F. Isin  3. Living Together in Lhasa: Ethnic Relations, Coercive Amity, and Subaltern Cosmopolitanism  Emily T. Yeh  4. Intelligent City: From Ethnic Governmentality to Ethnic Evolutionarism  Aihwa Ong  Section II: Cosmopolitanism Compromised/Denied  5. Impossible Cosmopolis: Dislocations and Relocations in Beirut and Delhi  Yasmeen Arif  6. Limiting Cosmopolitanism: Streetlife “Little India,” Kuala Lumpur  Yeoh Seng Guan  7. Invisibility and Cohabitation in Multiethnic Tokyo  John Lie  Section III: Cosmopolitan Microprocesses  8. Cairo Cosmopolitan: Living Together through Communal Divide, Almost  Asef Bayat  9. Cosmopolitanism and the City: Interaction and Co-existence in Bukhara  Caroline Humphrey, Magnus Marsden and Vera Skvirskaja


    Shail Mayaram is a Professor and Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, India. She is the author of Against History, Against State: Counterperspectives from the Margins (Columbia University Press, 2003); Resisting Regimes: Myth, Memory and the Shaping of a Muslim Identity (Oxford University Press, 1997); and the co-author of Creating a Nationality: The Ramjanambhumi Movement and the Fear of Self (Oxford University Press, 1998).