9780415409667

Pirate Modernity: Delhi's Media Urbanism

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415409667

  • ISBN10:

    0415409667

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-09-08
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Using Delhi's contemporary history as a site for reflection, Pirate Modernity moves from a detailed discussion of the technocratic design of the city by US planners in the 1950s, to the massive expansions after 1977, culminating in the urban crisis of the 1990s. As a practice, pirate modernity is an illicit form of urban globalization. Poorer urban populations increasinly is inhabit non-legal spheres (unauthorized neighborhoods, squatter camps) and bypass legal technological infrastructures (media, electricity). This pirate culture produces a significant enabling resources for subaltern populations unable to enter the legal city. Equally, this is an unstable world, bringing subaltern populations into the harsh glare of permanent technological visibility, and attacks by urban elites, courts and visceral media industries. The book examines contemporary Delhi from some of these sites: the unmaking of the city's modernist planning design, new technological urban networks that bypass states and corporations, and the tragic experience of the road accident terrifyingly enhanced by technological culture. Pirate Modernity moves between past and present, along with debates in Asia, Africa and Latin America on Urbanism, media culture, and everyday life. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Ravi Sundaram is a Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. In 2000 he founded CSDS' Sarai programme along with Ravi Vasudevan, Monica Narual, Jeebesh Bagchi, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. Sundaram has co-edited the critically acclaimed Sarai Reader series that includes The Cities of Everyday Life (2002) and Frontiers (2007).

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. xii
Prefacep. xiv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvi
Introduction: after mediap. 1
A city of order: the Masterplanp. 28
Media urbanismp. 67
The pirate kingdomp. 105
Death and the accidentp. 139
Conclusion: An information city?p. 172
Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 200
Indexp. 216
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