Displacement, Revolution, and the New Urban Condition provides a window into the global urban contradiction through the lens of a Third World city. It is not a book on urban India, or a book on Ahmedabad city, or even a book on the Sabarmati River Front Development (SRFD) project, but it is a book that uses all these lenses to conceptualize urban exploitation.
The author develops a dialectical praxis of theory transfer that takes us from the First World to the Third World and back again. In the process, the arrow of theory transfer is not reversed, because theory cannot be transferred by simply changing the direction of the arrow; instead, an attempt is made to (re)produce and (re)inform different conceptual worlds by juxtaposing it with the SRFD project in Ahmedabad city.
This book is, therefore, as much about the poor people of Ahmedabad as it is about global urban displacement and the politics of resettlement and resistance—theory and practice are always inflected, and the chapters demonstrate this inflection deeply and clearly. The point is to change the world, and to do so we must relentlessly struggle to better the concepts that we use to understand it with. This book is such a struggle.
An insight into various problems and challenges that displaced people face throughout their lives. Rehabilitation and resettlement of displaced persons pose major challenges for the government and citizens....this book has lucidly interfaced the theories revolving around urban policies and development by studying the Sabarmati River Front Development (SRFD) and the people of Ahemdabad. It would help geographers, planners, policy makers to internalize that urban change is not a simple process of renewing idle spaces but it is at the same time an exploitative mechanism to displace people and their labouring landscape.