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Restless in the City

Restless in the City
Conversations with Young People in Resettlement Colonies

January 2021 | 204 pages | SAGE YODA Press
Restless in the City gives us access to the unfiltered voices of young people from urban poor communities speaking about their expectations from the state, their engagement with the city and neighbourhood, and their personal and familial relationships. The book uncovers deep-rooted injustices within the current workforce, examining cases where young men aspire to work in the public sector even as they hold low-paying jobs in private firms which reinforces their sense of marginalization. The stark difference between rural and urban youth’s relationship with technology, and how it affects their feelings towards love and friendship, is another focus of the conversations we encounter in the book, a focus which also highlights the limits of agency accorded to young women on the margins. Restless in the City is a rare study that delves deep into overlooked issues faced by young people from less privileged localities of Delhi who are constantly navigating the politics of their changing urban milieu.
Preface and Acknowledgements
Young People, State and Citizenship
Aspirational Education: Elusive Jobs
Love and Friendship: Necessity Not Indulgence
Marriage: Choices Defined by Caste, Class and Religion
Technology: A Must-Have
Masculinity: A Collective Identity
Masculinity and Violence


Nirantar Trust is a non-profit organization that has been working in the fields of gender, education and the democratic rights movement over the last two decades. They are an active part of the women’s movement in India and draw their values from feminist principles. They are firmly rooted in communitybased work which informs their research and advocacy too.Nirantar works with feminist pedagogy and practices to develop collective knowledge and resources about the lives of women in India.They make direct field interventions, build capacities, develop feminist leadership, create educational resources, and conduct research and... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353887247