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Subaltern Urbanization Revisited

Abstract : To recall, subaltern urbanisation refers to the autonomous growth of settlement agglomerations—large clusters of people living in close proximity (which may or may not be classified as urban by the Census of India or the relevant state government)—that are generated by market and historical forces, and which are not dependent on large, traditionally important settlements or planned cities like Chandigarh and Bhubaneswar, or industrial townships like Mithapur or Bokaro. The attempt is to investigate the growth of settlements beyond that driven by the economics of large agglomerations as advanced by new economic geography, or directly orchestrated by the state or private corporate enterprise. The object is to focus on the autonomy of the settlement, not in the sense of autarchy, but in the ability to affect its growth process and interact autonomously with other settlements, whether local or global. In essence, therefore, subaltern urbanisation is about vibrant smaller settlements—spaces outside the metropolitan shadow—sustainably supporting a dispersed pattern of urbanisation. Concomitantly, subaltern urbanisation refers to an unseen, and often unspoken, process of myriad form, effected by local actors, far from the major metropolitan areas and outside urban schemes.
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Partha Mukhopadhyay, Marie-Hélène Zerah, Eric Denis. Subaltern Urbanization Revisited. India International Centre Quarterly, India International Centre, India, New Delhi, 2017, The Comtenporary Urban Conumdrum, 43 (3-4), pp.26-41. ⟨halshs-01755990⟩

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