Entangled Urbanism: Slum, Gated Community and Shopping Mall in Delhi and Gurgaon

Hardcover | January 6, 2015

bySanjay Srivastava

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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 procedures of the nation-state? What processes link contemporary manifestations of consumerism, the middle-classes, and theurban 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 and representatives of the "legal" city such as Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs)? What can the increasingvisibility 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 rather than as identifiable urban essence.

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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 enc...

Sanjay Srivastava is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi, Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 0.01 inPublished:January 6, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Slums, Criminal Suburbs, Urban Bodies and 'Superb Housing Schemes' for People with 'Modern Outlook'Part I: Spaces of the Periphery, Subjects of the Centre1. A Hijra, A Female Pradhan, and a Real Estate Dealer: Slum Lives Between the Market, the State and 'Community'2. Duplicity, Intimacy, Community: An Ethnography of ID Cards, Permits, and Other Fake Documents3. At First Remove: Rumours of a DemolitionPart II: Post-Nationalism, Bhagidars, Consumer-Citizens, the Mohulla, Bedrooms, and Kitchens4. Post-nationalism: Urban Spaces, Consumerism, and Middle-Class Activism in Delhi5. National Identity, Bedrooms, and Kitchens6. Plenitude, Decrepitude and Unruly Villagers. Or, 'People Want a Community, But Not Like a Mohulla'7. 'Lifestyle Choices in Harmony': Gated BiographiesPart III: Consuming Cultures and Urban Spaces: Between the Basti and the Mall8. Classifying Spaces, Specifying Classes: Citizens, the State, and Disney-Divinity in Delhi9. High Streets, Low Places and Indian Roots: Shopping Malls and the Narratives of Space10. Shop Talk: Shopping Mall Publics11. 'Revolution Forever': Consumerism and Object Lessons for the Urban PoorList of PlatesBibliographyIndexAbout the Author