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Spaces of Colonialism. Delhi's Urban Governmentalities. Edition No. 1. RGS-IBG Book Series

  • ID: 5226652
  • Book
  • May 2007
  • Region: India
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Examines the residential, policed, and infrastructural landscapes of New and Old Delhi under British Rule.
  • The first book of its kind to present a comparative history of New and Old Delhi
  • Draws on the governmentality theories and methodologies presented in Michel Foucault’s lecture courses
  • Looks at problems of social and racial segregation, the policing of the cities, and biopolitical needs in urban settings
  • Undertakes a critique of colonial governmentality on the basis of the lived spaces of everyday life
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Archival references.

1. Imperial Delhi.

1.1 New Delhi: Showcase of Sovereignty.

1.2 Colonial Governmentality.

2. Residential and Racial Segregation: a Spatial Archaeology.

2.1 The Spatial Administration of Precedence.

2.2 The Spatial Dissolution of Order.

3. Disciplining Delhi.

3.1 New Delhi: Policing the Heart of Empire.

3.2 Anti-colonial nationalism and urban order.

3.3 “Religious Nationalism” and Urban Diagrams.

4. Biopolitics and the Urban Environment.

4.1 Population expansion and urban disorder.

4.2 Congestion relief, calculation, and the “intensity map”.

4.3 The Western Extension, protest, and failed relief.

4.4 Slum clearance and the strictures of imperial finance.

5. Conclusions: within and beyond the city.

5.1 Interlinked landscapes of ordering.

5.2 Beyond colonial Delhi.




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Stephen Legg University of Nottingham.
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