ISBN 9788132116608,Displacement, Revolution, and the New Urban Condition : Theories and Case Studies

Displacement, Revolution, and the New Urban Condition : Theories and Case Studies



SAGE Publications Ltd

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9788132116608

ISBN-10 8132116607

Hard Back

Number of Pages 180 Pages
Language (English)


This book provides a window into the global urban contradiction through the lens of a Third World city. It is not a book on urban India, or a book on Ahmedabad city, or even a book on the Sabarmati River Front Development (SRFD) project, but it is a book that uses all these lenses to conceptualise urban exploitation. The author develops a dialectical praxis of theory transfer that takes us from the First World to the Third World and back again. In the process, the arrow of theory transfer is not reversed, because theory cannot be transferred by simply changing the direction of the arrow, instead, an attempt is made to (re)produce and (re)inform different conceptual worlds by juxtaposing it with the SRFD project in Ahmedabad city. This book is, therefore, as much about the poor people of Ahmedabad as it is about global urban displacement and the politics of resettlement and resistance-theory and practise are always inflected and the chapters demonstrate this inflection deeply and clearly. The point is to change the world and to do so we must relentlessly struggle to better the concepts that we use to understand it with. This book is such a struggle.