Claiming the City: Protest, Cime and Scandals in Colonial Calcutta c. 1860-1920

Hardcover | July 16, 2016

byAnindita Ghosh

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As the administrative and commercial capital of British India and as one of the earliest experiments in modern urbanization in the sub-continent, Calcutta proved enormously challenging to both its residents and its architects. In this imaginative study of colonial Calcutta, Anindita Ghoshcharts the history of its urbanization from below-in its streets, strikes, and popular urban cultures. Claiming the City offers a close-up view of the city's underbelly by drawing in a range of non-archival sources - from illustrations and amateur photographs to street songs, local histories, and memoirs - which show that Calcutta was not just a "problem" to be disciplined and governed, as thecolonialists would have us believe. Instead, the city emerges as a lively and crucial site for the shaping of the discourse on claims to urban spaces and resources by various marginal groups. Ghosh uses the everyday as a prism for exposing the wide spectrum of political and social imaginaries thatshaped the city and shows how the once proverbial "City of Palaces" slowly turned into a city of endemic unrest and strife.

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As the administrative and commercial capital of British India and as one of the earliest experiments in modern urbanization in the sub-continent, Calcutta proved enormously challenging to both its residents and its architects. In this imaginative study of colonial Calcutta, Anindita Ghoshcharts the history of its urbanization from belo...

Anindita Ghosh is Senior Lecturer in Modern Indian History at the School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures, University of Manchester, UK. She was ENRECA Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata, India, and Simon Fellow at the Department of History, University of Manchester, UK.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:340 pagesPublished:July 16, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199464790

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List of FiguresList of TablesAcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Urban Space, Technology, and Community2. Songs, the City, and the Everyday3. Sexuality, Scandals, and the Urban Order4. Battle for the Streets: Contesting Municipal Regimes5. Criminality, Class, and Moral Anxieties6. Collective Protest and RiotsConclusionBibliographyIndexAbout the Author