Entangled Urbanism : Slum, Gated Community and Shopping Mall in Delhi and Gurgaon Hardback
What makes a city? Rather than a totality, a city is best understood through focusing upon different but interconnected spaces and processes that make for both dynamism and instability in human lives.
Hence, the book ranges across a number of sites in order to explore their connections.
How do the pleasures of the gated residential enclave encompass the pain of the demolished slum locality?
How do localized rituals of suburban life incorporate the symbolic proceduresof the nation-state?
What processes link contemporary manifestations of consumerism, the middle-classes, and the urban poor?
What kind of a city is produced by the relationship between 'illegal' settlements such as 'slums', the traffic in fake documents that seek to stave of slum-demolitions andrepresentatives of the 'legal' city such as Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs)?
What can the increasing visibility of RWAs in the quotidian politics of the city tell us about new notions of citizenship and the emergent relationships between middle-classes, the state and the market? And, what is shared between new forms of urban religiosity, the desire for a 'global' city and new consumer cultures?
Through these key themes, the book examines the city as a series of overlapping meanings ratherthan as identifiable urban essence.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 368 pages, With illustrations
- Publisher: OUP India
- Publication Date: 29/05/2014
- Category: Sociology & anthropology
- ISBN: 9780198099147