We would like to announce the Urban Study Group mailing list for research and discussions on urbanism in South Asia. The South Asian metropolis, like many other global cities, has been rapidly remade in the past fifteen years. The urban environment has experienced dizzying shifts in regimes of property, notions of citizenship/urban politics, and the very physical familiarity of the street or neighborhood. Just as we witness the new elite urbanism of malls, multiplex cinemas, and gated residential communities, we also observe growing counter claims to urban territory in a politics that is rooted in daily life. In what ways do people make claims to the city? What challenges do new forms of urbanism and urban politics pose to existing understandings of the city?
There are many forums of discussion currently taking place in India and abroad on the city and its many processes. We hope this list will build on these existing local networks of researchers, students and practitioners. We are also seeking dialogue from other Asian and Third World contexts in order to generate new inquiries and draw critical linkages between analogous urban experiences.
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