publication . Article . 2008

Postcolonial Bombay : decline of a cosmopolitan city?

Colin McFarlane;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2008
  • Publisher: Pion
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Discussions of cosmopolitanism in Bombay often focus on the rubrics of communal tension, tolerance, and violence, and frequently report the decline of a once cosmopolitan city, especially as a result of the communal riots and bombings that occurred in the early 1990s. However, claims that the city has undergone a general social transformation since the 1990s need to be tempered by the multiple forms of cosmopolitan imaginations and practices that exist in the city. There is a wide variety of alternative cosmopolitan formations - not all of them progressive - reflected in civil society organizations and lifestyle changes for different groups, and often vividly re...
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free text keywords: Cosmopolitanism, Mumbai, Informal settlements, Postcolonialism., Geography, Planning and Development, Environmental Science (miscellaneous), Gender studies, Sociology, Rubric, Social science, Postcolonialism
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