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Contesting the Indian City: Global Visions and the Politics of the Local


  • Many of the ideas that inform this symposium emerged from a workshop entitled ‘Contesting the Indian City: State, Space and Citizenship in the Global Era’, held on 5–6 March 2010 at the Center for Studies of the Social Sciences of Calcutta (CSSSC). I would like to thank the faculty and administrators at CSSSC for both their intellectual input during the workshop and their help in logistics. Particular thanks are due to Keya Dasgupta, Sohel Firdos and Surajit Mukhopadhyay. I would also like to thank the United States-India Educational Foundation for providing a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship that allowed me to spend four months in India in early 2010.


This symposium brings together three empirical studies and one conceptual overview examining the politics of redevelopment in contemporary Indian cities. Collectively these articles seek to redress the relative dearth of concerted attention to the institutional, economic and socio-spatial changes that are shifting the terrain of urban politics in post-liberalization India.