This insightful volume examines the politics and contestations around urban space in India’s national capital, Delhi. Moving beyond spectacular megaprojects and sites of consumption, this book engages with ordinary space and everyday life. Sites and communities analysed in this volume reveal the processes, relations, and logics through which the city’s grand plans are executed. The contributors argue that urbanization is negotiated and muddled, particularly in the spaces occupied by informal labour, resettled communities, and small-scale investors. The critical analyses in this volume shed light on the disjunctures between planning and ideology, narratives of growth and realities of immobility, and facades of modernity and the spaces and practices produced in its pursuit. The book is organized in four parts – (I) Dis/locating Bodies, (II) Claims at the Urban Frontier, (III) Informalization and Investment, and (IV) Gendered Mobility. The studies report current empirical work from a variety of sites, investigating the dynamics of capital investment, state planning and citizen response in these spaces. These studies, set in ordinary spaces in Delhi, reveal a subliminal disarray of thought and action, stemming from the impetus to make the city attractive to capital, while having to manage marginality and reorganize welfare functions. The volume provides fresh insights into the nature of urban planning and governance in an Indian megacity two decades after the neoliberal shift.
Springer India; April 2016
- ISBN 9788132221548
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- Title: Space, Planning and Everyday Contestations in Delhi
- Author: Surajit Chakravarty (ed.); Rohit Negi (ed.)
In The Press
“The editors insinuate that the middle-ness of interstitial spaces can be mapped in a continuum, though they do not adequately explain how the concept of ‘interstitial spaces’ has more analytical purchase. … the achievement of the book is in collating a range of interesting empirical essays that could serve as valuable backdrop research material for scholars working on Delhi.” (Sanjeev Routray, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 91 (1), March, 2018)
About The Author
Surajit Chakravarty, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at ALHOSN University, Abu Dhabi. Surajit holds a PhD in Policy, Planning and Development (University of Southern California) and a Master’s in Urban Planning (University of Illinois). His research focuses on the politics of urbanization and the production of space. He is particularly interested in themes of informality, civic engagement, housing, and planning for diversity. His ongoing projects are based in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi and Delhi.
Rohit Negi, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Human Ecology at Ambedkar University Delhi. Rohit has a PhD in Geography (Ohio State University) and Masters in Urban Planning (University of Illinois), and his research interests span the intersections of capitalism, urbanism and ecology, with regional specialization in Southern Africa and South Asia. Negi’s work has been published in journals including Geoforum, Journal of Southern African Studies, and Economic and Political Weekly, and in popular publications like Himal Southasian, The Hindu and The Tribune.