Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

The Production of Space and Governmentality in the Urban Poor’s Claim over Land and Housing

This article explores the politicized process of claiming urban land for housing the urban poor in the metropolitan city of Bengaluru. It is premised on the recognition that space and … Continue reading

Saturday, 17 June 2017 · Leave a comment

Resilient slums

A series of blogs by Deepika Andavarapu discussing different dimensions of resilience through the story of Pedda Jalaripeta (PJ), a slum in the City of Visakhapatnam, India, which retained its socio-cultural identity over … Continue reading

Sunday, 4 June 2017 · Leave a comment

Costs and Benefits of Urbanization: The Indian Case

Urbanization has both benefits and costs. In a market economy, the trade-off between benefits and costs determines the level, speed, and pace of urbanization. This paper summarizes research findings on … Continue reading

Monday, 16 January 2017 · Leave a comment

Environment Politics in Urban India: Citizenship, Knowledges and Urban Political Ecologies

This special issue of SAMAJ, composed of six empirical papers and an introduction seeks to throw light on environmental politics in contemporary urban India. Adopting a deliberately broad understanding of … Continue reading

Thursday, 24 November 2016 · Leave a comment

Invisible Women in History and Global Studies

This article questions the continuing invisibility of the significant scale of the involvement of women in historical movements/moments. The focus is on Mahatma Gandhi-led Civil Disobedience movement (1930–1933), which was … Continue reading

Friday, 3 June 2016 · Leave a comment

Urban Migration and social exclusion

Much of India’s future urbanization will be the result of migration from rural areas and small cities and towns. These urban migrants are often invisible, voiceless and powerless. This working … Continue reading

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 · Leave a comment

The problem with smart cities – India

By 15 December, 85 cities out of the total 98 included under the Smart Cities Mission had submitted their respective Smart City Plans to the ministry of urban development. Hopefully, … Continue reading

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 · Leave a comment

India’s Safecity gives women a voice against violence

Safecity is an online platform where women report personal experiences of sexual violence in public spaces. The website takes these crowd-sourced reports and maps them to show where the “hotspots” … Continue reading

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 · Leave a comment

Cities in Bad Shape: Urban Geometry in India

Cities are valuable to the extent they bring people (and jobs) together. To what extent is this value affected by the difficulty of commuting from various points in the city … Continue reading

Monday, 7 December 2015 · Leave a comment