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Ecologies of Urbanism in India: Metropolitan Civility and Sustainability

Edited by Anne M. Rademacher and K. Sivaramakrishnan

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Paper, 304 pages, 3 b&w
ISBN: 978-988-8139-77-4
$25.00 / £17.50

June, 2013
Cloth, 304 pages, 3 b&w
ISBN: 978-988-8139-76-7
Hong Kong University Press
$75.00 / £52.00

Ecologies of Urbanism in India explores how rapidly proliferating and resource-intensive urbanism affects everyday lived environments and the ecological processes that undergird them in Indian cities.

Case studies on nature conservation in the city, urban housing and slum development, waste management, the history and practice of urban planning, and contestations over the quality of air, water, and sanitation in the major cities of Delhi and Mumbai, illuminate the urban ecology perspective at different points across the twentieth century. The book therefore examines how struggles over the environment and quality of life in urban centers are increasingly framed in terms of their future place in a landscape of global sustainability, and the future relationship between cities and their changing hinterlands. It brings both historical particularity and ethnographic nuance to the questions of urban ecology in Indian cities, offering novel insights into some of the most vital theoretical and practical debates on urbanism and sustainability.

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About the Author

Anne Rademacher is assistant professor in environmental and metropolitan studies at the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University.

K. Sivaramakrishnan is Dinakar Singh Professor of India and South Asian Studies and professor of anthropology, forestry and environmental studies, and international and area studies at Yale University.

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