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Urbanizing Citizenship

Urbanizing Citizenship
Contested Spaces in Indian Cities

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Renu Desai - Centre for Urban Equity, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India
  • Romola Sanyal - London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

November 2011 | 260 pages | SAGE India
Urbanizing Citizenship examines processes of urbanization in contemporary Indian cities through the lens of urban citizenship. It provides a fresh understanding of the multiple arenas and practices through which citizenship and urbanism are co-constituted in India.

Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars working on India, this book looks closely at six Indian cities—Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, and Varanasi—and examines a range of processes and contested urban spaces, thus exploring and analyzing their myriad implications for urban inhabitants and their right to the city.

Through ethnographies and histories of the urban, this book unsettles theories generated in the Euro-American context to show how urban citizenship might be differently practiced, understood, and reconfigured within the Indian context.
James Holston
Introduction: Urbanizing Citizenship-Contested Spaces in Indian Cities

Renu Desai and Romola Sanyal
Entrepreneurial Urbanism in the Time of Hindutva: City Imagineering, Place Marketing and Citizenship in Ahmedabad

Renu Desai
Democratic Urban Citizenship and Mega-Project Development in Globalizing Mumbai

Liza Weinstein
The Politics of Persuasion: Gendered Slum Citizenship in Neoliberal Mumbai

Sapana Doshi
Re-Engineering Citizenship: Municipal Reforms and the Politics of 'e-Grievance Redressal' in Karnataka's Cities

Malini Ranganathan
Clean Air, Dirty Logic? Environmental Activism, Citizenship and the Public Sphere in Delhi

Sunalini Kumar
Who Operates and Who Agitates? A Class-Wise Investigation of Contentious Action and Citizenship in Varanasi, India

Jolie M F Wood
Linking Urban Vulnerability, Extra-Legal Security and Civil Violence: The Case of the Urban Dispossessed in Mumbai

Jaideep Gupte
Displaced Borders: Shifting Politics of Squatting

Romola Sanyal
Afterword: In Other Words:The Indian City and the Promise of Citizenship

Janaki Nair

[The book] traverses highly varied territory and presents descriptive and analytical accounts of events and experiences in different cities of India... Renu Desai and Romola Sanyal, the editors of this volume should be congratulated in undertaking what is obviously a daring enterprise. 

Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 47, 29 September 2012

Renu Desai

Renu Desai is Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban Equity, CEPT University (Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University), Ahmedabad. She was formerly a Research Associate at Durham University, UK. She has a PhD in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research examines the politics of urban development and citizenship in Ahmedabad, and focuses on the practices that constitute its postindustrial remaking as well as their intersections with the remaking of the city by Hindutva politics. She is also involved in a joint research project on the politics of sanitation and water in Mumbai’s informal... More About Author

Romola Sanyal

Romola Sanyal is Lecturer in Global Urbanism at the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape, Newcastle University. She has a PhD in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research explores the urbanization of refugee spaces with a particular focus on the Middle East and South Asia. She has published in journals such as Urban Studies, Social Identities and Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her doctoral dissertation and is also collaborating with other scholars as part of the Post-Conflict Environments Project at the Woodrow Wilson International... More About Author

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