Urbanizing Citizenship Contested Spaces in Indian Cities

by Renu Desai

Urbanizing Citizenship Contested Spaces in Indian Cities Synopsis

Urbanizing Citizenship examines processes of urbanization in contemporary Indian cities through the lens of urban citizenship. It provides a fresh understanding of the multiple arenas and practices through which citizenship and urbanism are co-constituted in India. Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars working on India, this book looks closely at six Indian cities-Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, and Varanasi-and examines a range of processes and contested urban spaces, thus exploring and analyzing their myriad implications for urban inhabitants and their right to the city. Through ethnographies and histories of the urban, this book unsettles theories generated in the Euro-American context to show how urban citizenship might be differently practiced, understood, and reconfigured within the Indian context.

Urbanizing Citizenship Contested Spaces in Indian Cities Press Reviews

[The book] traverses highly varied territory and presents descriptive and analytical accounts of events and experiences in different cities of India... Renu Desai and Romola Sanyal, the editors of this volume should be congratulated in undertaking what is obviously a daring enterprise. -- Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 47, 29 September 2012

Book Information

ISBN: 9788132107309
Publication date: 16th November 2011
Author: Renu Desai
Publisher: SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 268 pages
Categories: Urban communities, Economic geography,

About Renu Desai

Renu Desai is Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban Equity, CEPT University (Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University), Ahmedabad. She was formerly a Research Associate at Durham University, UK. She has a PhD in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research examines the politics of urban development and citizenship in Ahmedabad, and focuses on the practices that constitute its postindustrial remaking as well as their intersections with the remaking of the city by Hindutva politics. She is also involved in a joint research project on the politics of sanitation and water in Mumbai's informal settlements. Her ...

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