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Colonial modernism and the flawed paradigms of urban renewal: uneven development in Bombay, 1900-25

Hazareesingh, Sandip (2001). Colonial modernism and the flawed paradigms of urban renewal: uneven development in Bombay, 1900-25. Urban History, 28(2) pp. 235–255.


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This article explores the failure of urban renewal in Bombay city during the first quarter of the twentieth century. It shows how colonial rule structured a class-driven process of uneven urban 'improvements' that actually exacerbated the problems of congestion, bad housing and environmental blight. In this process, the new forces of modernity were selectively appropriated to accentuate the differentiation in built forms and urban spaces. Finally, through implicit comparisons with contemporary developments in Europe, it reveals the limitations of urban regeneration in a laissez-faire colonial capitalist environment where the search for quick returns by competing economic actors precluded the adoption of long-term policies and interventionist strategies necessary to create the good city life.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2001 Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0963-9268
Keywords: urban history; colonial history; modernity in South Asia
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 31513
Depositing User: Sandip Hazareesingh
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2012 12:46
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:12
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