Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology

Urban Utopias

Excess and Expulsion in Neoliberal South Asia

Editors: Kuldova, Tereza, Varghese, Mathew A. (Eds.)

  • Provides an analysis of emergent utopian formations within the context of intense urbanizations, global re-networking, and social restructuring
  • Focuses on processes that emerged post-2000; a period in which a gamut of urban re-conceptualizations and spatial reorderings took place 
  • Sheds new light on an understudied and oft ignored population
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This book brings anthropologists and critical theorists together in order to investigate utopian visions of the future in the neoliberal cities of India and Sri Lanka. Arguing for the priority of materiality in any analysis of contemporary ideology, the authors explore urban construction projects, special economic zones, fashion ramps, films, archaeological excavations, and various queer spaces. In the process, they reveal how diverse co-existing utopian visions are entangled with local politics and global capital, and show how these utopian visions are at once driven by visions of excess and by increasing expulsions. It’s a dystopia already in the making – one marred by land grabs and forced evictions, rising inequality, and the loss of urbanity and civility. 

About the authors

Tereza Kuldova is Researcher at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation, and History, University of Oslo, Norway, and Visiting Senior Researcher at the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Vienna, Austria. 
Mathew A. Varghese is a non-resident research fellow with The Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), Kochi, India, and Lecturer at The Maharajas College, Kerala, India. 

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction: Urban Utopias—Excess and Expulsion in Neoliberal India and Sri Lanka

    Kuldova, Tereza (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

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  • The Impossibility of World-Class Slum-Free Indian Cities and the Fantasy of ‘Two Indias’

    Dijk, Tara

    Pages 19-36

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  • Guarded Luxotopias and Expulsions in New Delhi: Aesthetics and Ideology of Outer and Inner Spaces of an Urban Utopia

    Kuldova, Tereza

    Pages 37-52

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  • Golden or Green? Growth Infrastructures and Resistance in Goa

    Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (et al.)

    Pages 53-73

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  • Vikasanam: The Expansionist Choreography of Space-Making in Kerala

    Varghese, Mathew A.

    Pages 75-95

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Hardcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-47622-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Urban Utopias
Book Subtitle
Excess and Expulsion in Neoliberal South Asia
Editors
  • Tereza Kuldova
  • Mathew A. Varghese
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-47623-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-47623-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-47622-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 289
Number of Illustrations and Tables
13 illustrations in colour
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