Today we’re pleased to be making available a second video abstract from Antipode 45:3 (the first is available here). Sapana Doshi – an assistant professor in the University of Arizona’s School of Geography and Development – has been doing some great work on the cultural politics and political economy of cities in the global South, combining critical development studies, feminist theory and urban geography. Her recently published Antipode paper, ‘The Politics of the Evicted: Redevelopment, Subjectivity, and Difference in Mumbai’s Slum Frontier‘, takes slum clearances for redevelopment as its point of departure, investigating the differentiated political subjectivities of displaced slum residents in Mumbai.
Considering two ethnographic cases, Sapana’s analysis reveals that groups negotiate redevelopment in contradictory ways, reworking, supporting or contesting projects at different moments. Market-oriented resettlement, ideologies of belonging, desires for improved housing, and participation in non-governmental groups, for example, all shape ‘redevelopmental subjectivities’, making the politics of the evicted extremely complex. Sapana guides us through this landscape, offering valuable insights to students of contemporary dispossession and – as she explains in this video abstract – those thinking about ‘the right to the city’ and movements for social justice more generally.
Readers might also be interested in Asher Ghertner’s ‘Nuisance Talk and the Propriety of Property: Middle Class Discourses of a Slum-Free Delhi‘, Ayona Datta’s ‘“Mongrel City”: Cosmopolitan Neighbourliness in a Delhi Squatter Settlement‘, Nikhil Anand and Anne Rademacher’s ‘Housing in the Urban Age: Inequality and Aspiration in Mumbai‘, Vandana Desai and Alex Loftus’ ‘Speculating on Slums: Infrastructural Fixes in Informal Housing in the Global South‘ and Martijn Koster and Monique Nuijten’s ‘From Preamble to Post-project Frustrations: The Shaping of a Slum Upgrading Project in Recife, Brazil‘.