Comparing Cities: The Middle East and South Asia

Hardcover | June 6, 2010

EditorKamran Asdar Ali, Martina Rieker

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These articles seek to highlight the changing social dynamics in Middle Eastern and South Asian cities. The comparative framework builds on a shared history of the colonial encounter, modernity, nationalism and urbanity and is further deepened by the larger framework of Muslim culture thatinfluences social life in both spaces. The various chapters rethink the gendered dimension of public spaces and investigate the relationship between the popular and the political in these regions. They also take into account how larger structural changes in South Asia/the Middle East have impacted the practices and experiences of people.This focus addresses the lack of social histories that explore urban life-worlds in an era of de-industrialization and major structural changes such as are available for many cities in other regions of the world. It hence provides an interdisciplinary analysis that informs us about how transnationalflows of ideas and resources shape certain responses to deprivation and marginality, yet also encourage political passivity and inaction. Raising such questions in a comparative context is essential to refocus research agendas and to inspire new studies. The volume is unique as, for the first time, it puts the field of urban studies within the two regions in a dialogue with each other and with similar efforts across the globe.

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These articles seek to highlight the changing social dynamics in Middle Eastern and South Asian cities. The comparative framework builds on a shared history of the colonial encounter, modernity, nationalism and urbanity and is further deepened by the larger framework of Muslim culture thatinfluences social life in both spaces. The vari...

Kamran Asdar Ali is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Middle East Studies and Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. He previously taught at the University of Rochester and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (1998-99). He is the co-editor of Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:372 pages, 9.61 × 6.3 × 1.1 inPublished:June 6, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsMartina Rieker and Kamran Asdar Ali: IntroductionPart I. Citing Cities1. Paromita Vohra: No Man's Land: A Visual Essay (Mumbai)Part II. Gender and the City2. Salim Tamari: City of Riffraff: Crowds, Public Space, and New Urban Sensibilities in War-Time Jerusalem , 1917-19213. Kamran Asdar Ali: Men and Their Problems: Notes on Contemporary Karachi4. Janaki Nair: The Body Politic: Gender and the Practice of Power in the City (Bangalore)Part III. The Actualities of Everyday Life5. Zeynep Gambetti: Decolonizing Diyarbakir: Culture, Identity and the Struggle to Appropriate Urban Space6. Ravi Sundaram: Re-visiting 'Everyday Life': The Experience of Delhi's Media Urbanism7. Ghostly Sufis and Ornamental Shadows: Spectral Visualities in Karachi's Public SpherePart IV. Urban Governmentalities8. Mona Fawaz: The State and the Production of Illegal Housing: Public Practices in Hayy el Sellom, Beirut-Lebanon9. Awadhendra Sharan: Spaces of Work/ Sites of Danger: Environment and Urban Landscape in Modern Delhi10. Mary Hancock: Signs of Sovereignty (Chennai)11. Yasmin Arif: A Landscape of Recovery, The Polysemy of Spaces/Places in Downtown BeirutPart V: Postscript12. Partha Chatterjee: A Postscript from Kolkata: An Equal Right to the CityContributorsIndex