Urban Utopias: Excess and Expulsion in Neoliberal South Asia

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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.
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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.
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Publisher
Springer
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Published on
Mar 9, 2017
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Pages
289
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ISBN
9783319476230
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Social Science / Anthropology / General
Social Science / General
Social Science / Sociology / General
Social Science / Sociology / Urban
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