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Title:Speculative urbanism constructing entrepreneurial subjects in India
Author(s):Tripathy, Priyam
Director of Research:Wilson, David
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Wilson, David
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Jefferson, Brian Jordan; Miraftab, Faranak; Birkenholtz, Trevor
Department / Program:Geography & Geographic InfoSci
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Speculative Urbanization, Delhi, Global South, Subject-making, Neoliberal Governances
Abstract:My dissertation examines how current governances in cities of India are involved in engineering a new politics, i.e. the sculpting of civic subjects. This agenda, to sculpt civic subjects by entrepreneurializing spaces, is relatively new. I chronicle that beneath this political maneuver to re-energize cities lies a strategic rationale to alter the socio-spatial character of the city, to reshape demographics. I reveal that at the core of this neoliberal project lie two relational processes: first, a material drive to acquire land from villages situated in the peripheries of cities; second, a discursive drive to construct narratives of “entrepreneurial” and “global” cities that deploy new subject positions. The results suggest that sculpting new civic subjects represents a meaningful extension of neoliberalism’s tentacles to the most everyday corners of local social life. This neoliberal project moves beyond the economic realm to seize and re-work the most liminal of grounded settings: the local habitus.
Issue Date:2018-11-26
Rights Information:Copyright 2018, Priyam Tripathy
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-02-07
Date Deposited:2018-12

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