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D. Asher Ghertner

In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 14: Aesthetic Governmentality: Administering the World-Class City in Delhi's Slums1

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Aesthetic Governmentality: Administering the World-Class City in Delhi's Slums1
Aesthetic Governmentality: Administering the World-Class City in Delhi's Slums
D. Asher Ghertner
Introduction

Urban government in millennial Delhi, a period of market triumphalism extending through the first decade of the 21st century, was marked by a conspicuous absence of accurate and up-to-date statistics and maps. Yet, governmental programs there, even without these standard instruments of ‘rational’ planning, were able to ‘conduct the conduct’ of the population (see Foucault, 2007). How? In this chapter, I explore the relationship between governmentality and calculation through an analysis of the politics of calculating, seeing and rendering knowable Delhi's slums through various governmental programs from approximately 1980 to 2010. Such programs provide a useful lens for rethinking ...

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