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Assorted City: Equity, Justice, and Politics in Urban Services Delivery

by Suptendu P Biswas SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Pub Date:
08/2015
ISBN:
9789351501251
Format:
Hbk 280 pages
Price:
AU$105.00 NZ$106.96
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A rare piece of research on the ‘game’ of municipal service delivery in an Indian metropolis.

Assorted City is an important contribution in urban planning discourses and offers a rare in-depth conceptual and theoretical insight highly relevant for studying contemporary urbanism. It moves between the past and the present along with international and local debates and discourses on philosophy, society, politics and urbanity. This book captures generic urban processes in three ways: questions it raises about Planning, a multifaceted methodological perspective it introduces and the commitment it underlines towards social justice and equity in a democracy.

Assorted City, a unique work on urban service delivery, argues that planning has inherent traits of multiple techniques of governmentality resulting in the politics of distribution, which with its unpredictable consequences, supersedes the policy of distribution. Based on an empirical study of water supply in Delhi, the book is a pioneering attempt that challenges widespread binary narratives on Indian cities and brings out multiple shades of urban existence and its politics.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
I: POSITIONS AND PROPOSITIONS
Ideology, Policy, and Governmentality
Planning and Its Practices of Delivery
Politics of Distribution
II: POLITICS OF DISTRIBUTION IN WATER SUPPLY
Physical Setting and the Method of Study
Socioeconomic Spaces and Property Rights
Water Supply and Socioeconomic Spaces
Water Supply, Political Funding, and Socioeconomic Spaces
III: ASSORTED CITY
Politics of Practices, Its Ambiguity, and Governmentality
Equity Mosaics and Assorted City
Select Bibliography
Index

This is a well-organized research work on the game of municipal service delivery in an Indian metropolis by Suptendu Biswas…the book is a pioneering attempt that challenges widespread binary narratives on Indian cities.

Suptendu P Biswas
An Architect, Urban Designer and Planning Professional