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Accumulation by Dispossession

Accumulation by Dispossession
Transformative Cities in the New Global Order

First Edition
Edited by:

August 2010 | 248 pages | SAGE India
The contemporary regime of globalisation and neoliberalism is creating a far-reaching impact on different scales across the world. On the urban scale it has resulted in a huge transformation of the city space, land use and reorganisation of the urban governance. This book is a provocative examination of the contemporary urban scenario in several countries, offering South Asian, North American and European perspectives. Written by some of the most eminent theorists and social scientists of our time, the chapters cover critical empirical analyses of the contemporary transformation processes of several cities and the related socio-economic implications.

The book focuses on the intense spatial crisis in these metropolises, reflecting contradictory processes of inclusion and exclusion—a typical characteristic of the global city space. The above crisis, the essays argue, is essentially related to the disjuncture between the ideology of neoliberalism, its everyday practices and the related societal effects. Debunking the myth of homogenisation through globalisation, this volume exposes a divided framework in which globalisation and neoliberalism work, leading to increasing polarisation. There is a special section that focuses on Mumbai, which is especially relevant to the study of India's current urban policy and its wider ramifications.

The book will be extremely useful for researchers and students of political economy, globalisation and development studies, urban studies, and for urban planners, professionals and urban activists as well.

Swapna Banerjee-Guha
Introduction: Transformative Cities in the New Global Order
David Harvey
The Right to the City: From Capital Surplus to Accumulation by Dispossession
Saskia Sassen
The Global City: Strategic Site, New Frontier
Solomon Benjamin
Manufacturing Neoliberalism: Lifestyling Indian Urbanity
Heinz Nissel
Global Capital, Neo-Liberal Politics and Terrains of Resistance in Vienna
Nazrul Islam and Salma A Shafi
Globalisation and Transformation of Dhaka City
Umesh Varma
'Hi-Tech' Hyderabad and the Urban Poor: Reformed out of the System
Marie-Helene Zerah
Reconfiguring Power Relationships: Policies towards Urban Services in Mumbai
Darryl D'Monte
Urban Transport Projects in a Globalised Scenario
Sharit Bhowmik
Urban Public Space and the Urban Poor
Swapna Banerjee-Guha
Revisiting Accumulation by Dispossession: Neoliberalising Mumbai

The key strength of this book is its theoretical framework for understanding cities through a new geography of centrality and marginality...the book expands our theoretical understanding of 'accumulation by dispossession' at city level and as such will be most useful for scholars of urban geography and town planning in India. It should also find a wider audience with students interested in general political economy of urban transformations in developing countries
Mohd Amir Anwar
Royal Geographical Society Urban Geography Research Group

[The Book] has wide scholarly appeal. Accumulation by Dispossession will be useful not only to academics conducting research within the domain of urban studies in India, but anthropologists, sociologists and political scientists working in a wide range of contexts… Banerjee-Guha’s volume offers an excellent opportunity to think through how the trajectories of Indian cities might inform our understandings of similar political, economic and social developments that continue to evolve and play themselves out in other specific contexts undergoing neoliberalisation. Geographers in particular will find this to be an informative symposium of recent debates within the discipline surrounding exclusionary modes of governance and altered govern mentalities arising from neo-liberal discourse.

Urban Studies

The volume offers a detailed background to the land scam politics that has become a distinguishing feature of the public life in the country now.


Accumulation by Dispossession, edited by Swapna Banerjee-Guha, provides provocative critique of the urban transformation now taking place throughout the world with particular emphasis on South Asia and the challenges of globalization… [The book] does an admirable job…. Is recommended reading for urban stakeholders and decision-makers from a wide range of perspectives.

ASCI Journal of Management

[The] collection of articles, eclectic in style and content, forces us to examine the reality around us…. This book is worth reading by those interested in cities with `an underlying basis of social justice` and `development of counter-institutions capable of reframing issues in broad terms, of mobilizing organizational and financial resources to fight for fulfilling the aims of a larger section`.

Current Science

Written by some of the most eminent theorists and social scientists of our time, including David Harvey himself, the chapters cover critical empirical analyses of the contemporary transformation processes of several cities and the related socio-economic implications…. [This book`s] publication is both timely and important.… The reviewer recommends this book to all those who are interested in studying and undertaking research in the field of political economy, globalization, development studies and urban studies. It would also appeal to urban planners, professionals and urban activists.

Social Action

The volume provides detailed and carefully researched articles on the effects of neo-liberalism on urban policy and changing metropolitan spaces in south asia and elsewhere. The chapter by Banerjee-Guha offer insightful and original theoretical views on how finance capital is reshaping urban regions….this is an exciting and well-researched volume that will be of interest to planners, activists and south scientists working on urban issues in south asia.

Economic & Political Weekly

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