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Cities and the Urban Imperative

Series Editor: Sujata Patel

This series introduces a holistic approach to studying cities, the urban experience, and its imaginations. It will grasp what is distinctive of the urban phenomenon in India, as also delineate the characteristic uniqueness of particular cities as they embrace change and create ways of experiencing modernities.

Taking an interdisciplinary route, the series will assess the many facets of urbanization and city formation, and explore the challenges faced in relation to regional, national and global processes.

The books in this series will present the changing trends in macro and micro urban processes; the nature of demographic patterns of migration and natural growth therein; spatial reorganization and segregation in urban areas; uneven economic development of manufacturing and services in cities; unequal access to power in the context of formal citizenship; increasing everyday violence and declining organized protest; breakdown of urban family life in juxtaposition with the reconstitution of community. They will trace how new forms of socialities are replacing old forms of trust and solidarity, and how these are being institutionalized in distinct and diverse ways within South Asia.

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  1. India’s Middle Class

    New Forms of Urban Leisure, Consumption and Prosperity

    By Christiane Brosius

    Series: Cities and the Urban Imperative

    This book examines the complexities of lifestyles of the upwardly mobile middle classes in India in the context of economic liberalisation in the new millennium, by analysing new social formations and aspirations, modes of consumption and ways of being in contemporary urban India. Rich in...

    Published February 3rd 2014 by Routledge India

  2. Beyond Kolkata

    Rajarhat and the Dystopia of Urban Imagination

    By Ishita Dey, Ranabir Samaddar, Suhit K. Sen

    Series: Cities and the Urban Imperative

    This book examines the politics behind, and the socio-economic and ecological repercussions of, the making of a new township, variously called New Town, Megacity or Jyoti Basu Nagar, in Rajarhat near Kolkata. Conceived by the West Bengal state government in the mid-1990s, in pandering to the vision...

    Published June 24th 2013 by Routledge India

  3. Dharavi

    From Mega-Slum to Urban Paradigm

    By Marie-Caroline Saglio-Yatzimirsky

    Series: Cities and the Urban Imperative

    Located in the heart of Mumbai, Dharavi is estimated to be the largest slum in Asia. Often referred to as ‘Little India’, it has been home to thousands of migrants from across the country providing opportunities for work and livelihood. As such, Dharavi presents a fascinating paradox: the...

    Published April 17th 2013 by Routledge India

  4. Participolis

    Consent and Contention in Neoliberal Urban India

    Edited by Karen Coelho, Lalitha Kamath, M. Vijayabaskar

    Series: Cities and the Urban Imperative

    While participatory development has gained significance in urban planning and policy, it has been explored largely from the perspective of its prescriptive implementation. This book breaks new ground in critically examining the intended and unintended effects of the deployment of citizen...

    Published March 21st 2013 by Routledge India

  5. Urban Navigations

    Politics, Space and the City in South Asia

    Edited by Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria, Colin McFarlane

    Series: Cities and the Urban Imperative

    This book provides an important account of how the city in South Asia is produced, lived and contested. It examines the diverse lived experiences of urban South Asia through a focus on contestations over urban space, resources and habitation, bringing together accounts from India, Pakistan, Nepal...

    Published April 25th 2011 by Routledge India

  6. Governing India's Metropolises

    Case Studies of Four Cities

    Edited by Joël Ruet, Stéphanie Tawa Lama-Rewal

    Series: Cities and the Urban Imperative

    First published in 2010. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published September 14th 2009 by Routledge India

  7. Growing up in the Knowledge Society

    Living the IT Dream in Bangalore

    By Nicholas Nisbett

    Series: Cities and the Urban Imperative

    This work is an ethnographic investigation into the everyday lives of young people growing up and living in contemporary Bangalore. Moving beyond the hype of the Indian ‘knowledge society’, it examines how new forms of technology and outsourced labour become integral to their lives, changing the...

    Published August 30th 2009 by Routledge India

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