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The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City focuses on the dynamics and disruptions of the contemporary city in relation to capricious processes of global urbanisation, mutation and resistance. An international range of scholars engage with emerging urban conditions and inequalities in experimental ways, speaking to new ideas of what constitutes the urban, highlighting empirical explorations and expanding on contributions to policy and design. The handbook is organised around nine key themes, through which familiar analytic categories of race, gender and class, as well as binaries such as the urban/rural, are readdressed. These thematic sections together capture the volatile processes and intricacies of urbanisation that reveal the turbulent nature of our early twenty-first century: Hierarchy: Elites and Evictions Productivity: Over-investment and Abandonment Authority: Governance and ...

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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