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Bombay and Mumbai: The City in Transition

Bombay and Mumbai: The City in Transition
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Item Code: IDG358
Author: Sujata Patel Jim Masselos
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 0195677110
Pages: 347
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"
About the Book:

This volume, third in the series on Bombay or Mumbai, brings together essays that treat the renaming of the city as a point of departure in visiting enduring themes in the city's life. The essays offer exhilarating and provocative insights on what Bombay has become, as it steps into the new millennium. Among other themes, the volume inquires whether the city has managed to retain its identity or if it has lost it like any other large metropolis. This volume will be useful to sociologists, historians, urban theorists, political scientists, and culturalists, in addition to activists and journalists.

About the Author:

Sujata Patel is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pune and co-editor (with Alice Thorner) of Bombay: Metaphor for Modern India and Bombay: Mosaic of Modern Culture; Jim Masselos is Honorary Reader in History at the University of Sydney.

Excerpts from Review:

'Here comes a book which mirrors the face of the city'.

-Indian Express

'The book is commendable for the information and provocative analysis it offers. There's mine of information here for anyone willing to delve deep.'

-Sunday Mid-Day

'The book is rich and rewarding, a splendid accomplishment.'

-Nigel Harris, Economic and Political Weekly

'This volume, characteristically ably edited is packed with all kinds of information and issues ... and set with admirable pointedness.'

-Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Hindu

CONTENTS

Prefaceix
PART I: CHANGING CITY FACES
1.Bombay and Mumbai: Identities, Politics, and Populism
3
SUJATA PATEL
2.Defining Moments/Defining Events: Commonalities
of Urban Life
31
JIM MASSELOS
PART II: SURVIVING AND LIVING
3.Work, Wages, and Well-being: 1950s and 1990s53
SUDHA DESHPANDE AND LALIT DESHPANDE
4.Aspects of Poverty and Living Standards81
MADHURA SWAMINATHAN
5.Hospitals and City Health111
NEHA MADHIWALLA
PART III: CONTENTIONS AND CONFLICTS
6.Emancipation and Dalit Politics137
EDWARD RODRIGUES AND MAHESH GAVASKAR
7.Politics of Locality, Community, and Marginalization161
RAJENDRA VORA AND SUHAS PALSHIKAR
8.In Search of Shelter: The Politics of the Implementation of
the Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act of 1976 in
Greater Mumbai
183
HARINI NARAYANAN
9.Slums, The Continuing Struggle for Housing207
P. K. DAS
10.'My Area, Your Area': How Riots Changed the City235
JYOTI PUNWANI
PART IV: IMAGING THE REAL
11.Tinseltown: From Studios to Industry267
AMRIT GANGAR
12.Satya's Mumbai; Mumbai's Satya301
SANDEEP PENDSE
Contributors337
Index338

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