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House, but No Garden – Apartment Living in Bombay's Suburbs, 1898-1964 - Minnesota Scholarship Online
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House, but No Garden: Apartment Living in Bombay's Suburbs, 1898-1964

Nikhil Rao


Between the well-documented development of colonial Bombay and sprawling contemporary Mumbai, a profound shift in the city’s fabric occurred: the emergence of the first suburbs and their distinctive pattern of apartment living. This book considers this phenomenon and its significance for South Asian urban life. It explores the organization of the middle-class neighborhood which became ubiquitous in the mid-twentieth-century city and which has spread throughout the subcontinent. This book examines how the challenge of converting lands from agrarian to urban use created new relations between the ... More

Keywords: Mumbai, apartment living, South Asian urban life, middle-class neighborhood, self-contained flats, caste, class, metacaste, community identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816678129
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816678129.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nikhil Rao, author
Associate Professor of History, Wellesley College