By Ishita Dey,Ranabir Samaddar,Suhit K. Sen

ISBN-10: 0415844355

ISBN-13: 9780415844352

ISBN-10: 113866037X

ISBN-13: 9781138660373

This book examines the politics at the back of, and the socio-economic and ecological repercussions of, the making of a brand new township, variously known as New city, Megacity or Jyoti Basu Nagar, in Rajarhat close to Kolkata. Conceived through the West Bengal kingdom executive within the mid-1990s, in pandering to the imaginative and prescient of city planners of constructing a hi-tech city beyond an unruly, crowded Kolkata, and feeding the starvation of realtors and builders, town is outfitted at the foundations of coercive, even violent, land acquisition, country largesse and corruption — and on the fee of erasing a self-sufficient subsistence economic climate and despoiling a delicate surroundings. but, after its crowning glory and departure of building labour, the hot city appears to be like as a necropolis, a ghost urban, that belies its promised snapshot of an city utopia, while the displaced locals lead a precarious, cellular lifestyles as ‘transit labour’, engaged in bizarre and casual jobs.??

Written at the foundation of extensive fieldwork, govt records, courtroom files, and chronicles of public protests, this booklet commonly analyses the politics and economics of urbanisation within the age of post-colonial capitalism, really the paradoxical blend of neoliberal and primitive modes of capital accumulation upon which the worldwide emergence of ‘new cities’ relies.

Departing from the dominant forms of city reports that concentrate on cultural or spatial research of towns, the authors exhibit the hyperlinks among alterations in area, know-how, political financial system, type composition, and varieties of city politics which provide concrete form to a urban. it's going to immensely curiosity these in sociology, political technological know-how, economics, improvement experiences, city stories, coverage and governance stories, and history.

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