Cities in South Asia

Contributor(s): Bates, Crispin [Editor] | Mio, Minoru [Editor]
Material type: TextTextSeries: Routledge new horizons in South Asian studiesPublisher: Abingdon Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group 2015Description: xv, 195 pISBN: 1138832766; 9781315735825Subject(s): Urbanization - South Asia | Cities and towns - South Asia - Growth | Urban policy - South Asia | Urban sociology - South AsiaDDC classification: 307.760954 Online resources: E-Book Summary: Globalisation has long historical roots in South Asia, but economic liberalisation has led to uniquely rapid urban growth in South Asia during the past decade. This book brings together a multidisciplinary collection of chapters on contemporary and historical themes explaining this recent explosive growth and transformations on-going in the cities of this region. The essays in this volume attempt to shed light on the historical roots of these cities and the traditions that are increasingly placed under strain by modernity, as well as exploring the lived experience of a new generation of city dwellers and their indelible impact on those who live at the city’s margins. The book discusses that previously, cities such as Mumbai grew by accumulating a vast hinterland of slum-dwellers who depressed wages and supplied cheap labour to the city’s industrial economy. However, it goes on to show that the new growth of cities such as Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Madras in south India, or Delhi and Calcutta in the north of India, is more capital-intensive, export-driven, and oriented towards the information technology and service sectors. The book explains that these cities have attracted a new elite of young, educated workers, with money to spend and an outlook on life that is often a complex mix of modern ideas and conservative tradition. It goes on to cover topics such as the politics of town planning, consumer culture, and the struggles among multiple identities in the city. By tracing the genealogies of cities, it gives a useful insight into the historical conditioning that determines how cities negotiate new changes and influences. There will soon be more mega cities in South Asia than anywhere else in the world, and this book provides an in-depth analysis of this growth. It will be of interest to students and scholars of South Asian History, Politics and Anthropology, as well as those working in the fields of urbanisation and globalisation. (http://www.tandfebooks.com/isbn/9781315735825)
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Table of Contents:

1. Introduction: Cities in South Asia - interdisciplinary perspectives Crispin Bates

Part 1: Ideologies of City Making: the formation of the Indian city

2. Cities in India: an archaeological perspective Junichi Fukao
3. Who Built ‘the City of Victory’? Representation of a ‘Hindu’ capital in an ‘Islamicate’ world Nobuhiro Ota

Part 2: Politics of Town Planning: colonial and post-colonial

4. Patrick Geddes and the Metropolis Partha Datta
5. Islam and Development in Urban Space: planning ‘official’ Karachi in the 1950s Markus Daechsel
6. Slums and the Global City: housing plans in Dharavi, Mumbai Roma Chatterji
7. Cities within and beyond the Plan Solomon Benjamin

Part 3: The City as an Arena for Struggles among Multiple Identities

8. The City as Nation: Delhi as the Indian nation in Bengali bhadralok travelogues 1866-1910 Subho Basu & Sandeep Banerjee
9. The Multilingual City of Bombay and the Formation of Linguistic States, 1947-1960 Riho Isaka
10. Neighbourhood and Urbanisation in Delhi: Durga puja in a Bengali Displaced Persons Colony Tetsuya Nakatani
11. Urban Thresholds: Crevices, Crossroads, and Magic Remainders Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi

Part 4: Lived Cities: Views of Cities from the Ground

12. ‘Fight the Filth’: civic sense and middle-class activism in Mumbai Yoko Taguchi
13. Community of Retrospect: spirit cults in an old city of Rajasthan and reconstruction of locality Minoru Mio
14. Solving Family Problems: the role of religious practices for the Indian middle class Mizuho Matsuo

Part 5: Subaltern Practices and Discourses in Urban Situations

15. News, Gossip and Humour: street perspectives from colonial Calcutta Anindita Ghosh
16. The Postcolonial Street: Patterns, Modes and Forms Ajay Gandhi
17. City and Life: from life stories told by people of the lower strata in Chittagong, Bangladesh Mineo Takada

Part 6: Consumer Culture in Contemporary South Asian Cities

18. Transformation of a Tourism Space in a City of Consumption: the case of Thamel, Kathmandu Izumi Morimoto
19. ‘Time Gentlemen’: Bangalore and its drinking cultures Aya Ikegame & Crispin Bates

Globalisation has long historical roots in South Asia, but economic liberalisation has led to uniquely rapid urban growth in South Asia during the past decade. This book brings together a multidisciplinary collection of chapters on contemporary and historical themes explaining this recent explosive growth and transformations on-going in the cities of this region.

The essays in this volume attempt to shed light on the historical roots of these cities and the traditions that are increasingly placed under strain by modernity, as well as exploring the lived experience of a new generation of city dwellers and their indelible impact on those who live at the city’s margins. The book discusses that previously, cities such as Mumbai grew by accumulating a vast hinterland of slum-dwellers who depressed wages and supplied cheap labour to the city’s industrial economy. However, it goes on to show that the new growth of cities such as Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Madras in south India, or Delhi and Calcutta in the north of India, is more capital-intensive, export-driven, and oriented towards the information technology and service sectors. The book explains that these cities have attracted a new elite of young, educated workers, with money to spend and an outlook on life that is often a complex mix of modern ideas and conservative tradition. It goes on to cover topics such as the politics of town planning, consumer culture, and the struggles among multiple identities in the city. By tracing the genealogies of cities, it gives a useful insight into the historical conditioning that determines how cities negotiate new changes and influences.

There will soon be more mega cities in South Asia than anywhere else in the world, and this book provides an in-depth analysis of this growth. It will be of interest to students and scholars of South Asian History, Politics and Anthropology, as well as those working in the fields of urbanisation and globalisation.


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