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Poverty and Vulnerability in A Globalising Metropolis Ahmedabad

Amitabh Kundu (Author) Darshini Mahadevia (Author)
Synopsis The book analyses how the city of Ahmedabad, which could cope with the crisis of deindustrialisation in the post-Independence period, thanks to the enterprising spirit of the people and flexibility in economic base is currently struggling with problems of a globalising regime. The workforce has become more vulnerable due to uncertainty of employment and earning opportunities. Urban development processes, that were inclusive in the past, are becoming more and more exclusive, responding to the existing spatial and economic dichotomy in the city. Dependence on capital market and decentralisation initiatives in the state and the city are largely due to compulsions of resource scarcity and pressures from international agencies. This has adversely affected the capability of the city to deal with problems of poverty and vulnerability. It is the sheer ingenuity of a few local initiatives resulting in community based projects, which has enabled the poor to cope with the problems. These experiments are, however, more or less localised and fragmented, without the possibility of large scale multiplication. Furthermore, the city, which had sent out messages of peace and harmony to the whole world not several decades ago, is witnessing spells of communal violence. The communalisation of city’s polity and shrinking of democratic space, especially for vulnerable sections of population, have further weakened its capability to cope with crises.
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About the authors

Amitabh Kundu

Amitabh Kundu is Professor, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Darshini Mahadevia

Dr. Darshini Mahadevia teaches at School of Planning, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad on subjects such as planning theory, housing and environment. Dr. Mahadevia has researched and published in edited books and journals on urban studies, human development and gender development. She has been a visiting fellow at University of California, Los Angeles and McGill University, Montreal and has participated in number of international collaborative research projects and has been recipient of fellowship of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and Asian Scholarship Foundation (funded by the Ford Foundation). Dr. Mahadevia is currently engaged in comparative research on Asian Cities in context of globalisation.

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Bibliographic information

Title Poverty and Vulnerability in A Globalising Metropolis Ahmedabad
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st. Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178270315
length 398p.