Urban Navigations

Politics, Space and the City in South Asia

Edited by Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria, Colin McFarlane

© 2011 – Routledge India

362 pages

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Hardback: 9780415617604
pub: 2011-04-25
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About the Book

This book provides an important account of how the city in South Asia is produced, lived and contested. It examines the diverse lived experiences of urban South Asia through a focus on contestations over urban space, resources and habitation, bringing together accounts from India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. In contrast to accounts that attribute urban transformation mainly to neoliberal globalisation, this book vividly demonstrates how neoliberalism functions as one of the many drivers of urban change.

This edited volume brings together an interdisciplinary and international range of established and emerging scholars working on the city in South Asia. To date, South Asian urban studies privilege a handful of cities, particularly in India, overlooking the great diversity, as well as commonalities, of urban experiences spanning the region. Thus, in addition to chapters on New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, this volume contains critical urban chapters on less-studied cities such as Lahore, Islamabad, Kathmandu, Colombo and Dhaka. The volume insists that a fresh look at contemporary changes in cities in South Asia requires careful consideration of the specificity of the city, as well as a comparative perspective. It provides a sense not only of the new forms of urbanism emerging in contemporary South Asia, but also sheds light on new theoretical possibilities and directions to make sense of transnational processes and urban change.

About the Editors

Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Bard College, New York.

Colin McFarlane is Lecturer, Department of Geography, Durham University, United Kingdom.

About the Series

Cities and the Urban Imperative

This series introduces a holistic approach to studying cities, the urban experience, and its imaginations. It will grasp what is distinctive of the urban phenomenon in India, as also delineate the characteristic uniqueness of particular cities as they embrace change and create ways of experiencing modernities.

Taking an interdisciplinary route, the series will assess the many facets of urbanization and city formation, and explore the challenges faced in relation to regional, national and global processes.

The books in this series will present the changing trends in macro and micro urban processes; the nature of demographic patterns of migration and natural growth therein; spatial reorganization and segregation in urban areas; uneven economic development of manufacturing and services in cities; unequal access to power in the context of formal citizenship; increasing everyday violence and declining organized protest; breakdown of urban family life in juxtaposition with the reconstitution of community. They will trace how new forms of socialities are replacing old forms of trust and solidarity, and how these are being institutionalized in distinct and diverse ways within South Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC002000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOC015000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General