[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.
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.
[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`.
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.
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.
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 countriesMohd Amir AnwarRoyal Geographical Society Urban Geography Research Group
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