In the name of Allah the Merciful

Markets, Capitalism and Urban Space in India: Right to Sell

Research on Urban Asia, Anirban Acharya, 0367465728, 978-0367465728, 9780367465728, B0B4F6V5LT

English | 2023 | PDF | 3 MB | 239 Pages

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This  book analyses the question of the right to the city, informal economies  and the non-western shape of neoliberal governance in India through a  new analytic: the right to sell. 

The book examines  why and how states attempt to curb, control, and eliminate markets of  urban informal street vendors. Focusing on Kolkata, the author provides a  theoretical explanation of this puzzle by distilling and analysing the  inherent tensions among the constitutive elements of neoliberal  governance, namely, growth imperative, market activism, and  corporatization, and demonstrates its implications for the  formal/informal boundaries of the economy. 

A useful  addition to the existing literatures on the right to the city, informal  economies, and the shapes that neoliberalism takes in the non-west, the  book provides a non-western counter to accounts of neoliberalism and  will be of interest to academics working in the fields of South Asian  Studies, Urban Studies, and Political Economy.