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Swati Chattopadhyay

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679317

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679317.001.0001

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Flows and Bumpy Roads

Flows and Bumpy Roads

(p.1) 1 Flows and Bumpy Roads
Unlearning the City

Swati Chattopadhyay

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter demonstrates the particularity and situatedness of the dominant frameworks that are passed off as global norms and criteria of desirable outcomes, as well as identifies visual and spatial modes that might help re-vision the infrastructure of the urban. It poses two modes by which the world enters the imagination of Indian cities-plug-in and cut-and-paste—to argue that the emphasis on flow as the leitmotif of the global disregards the point that in a globalized world, one’s orientation and vantage have become more critical. It also states that the critique of global flows and the real-estate industry lays out the dominant visual and ideological positions that the marginalized majority negotiates.

Keywords:   global norms, urban infrastructure, Indian cities, plug-in, cut-and-paste, globalization, global flows, real-estate

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