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Accumulation by Dispossession

Accumulation by Dispossession
Transformative Cities in the New Global Order

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August 2010 | 248 pages | SAGE India

Globalization and a neo-liberal world order are impacting the global urban system, resulting in massive transformation of cities across the world. This transformation, which is currently the center of focus among sociologists, will continue as more and more city spaces are occupied in the wake of globalization.

This book is a collection of essays written by some of the most famous theoreticians and academics in the area of urban studies on this transformation process of cities and its socio-economic ramifications.

These essays analyze the signs of intense spatial crisis in metropolises, revealing the contradictory processes of integration and segmentation that characterize the critical nature of global city space. Crisis of urban space in such cities, the book argues, is essentially related to their placement in the world city system and the limitations in their globalocal networks. Restructuring spaces also leads to differentiated and contradictory processes, the book reveals, since not all segments of the population are affected equally. The process benefits only parts of society and, therefore, only parts of the city space. This book shows how Centre and Periphery, reflect the differentiation between global society and segmented localities, how these stand spatially anchored, creating a background of intense urban conflicts.

This volume explores and exposes a divided framework in which globalization operates towards fragmentation and polarization; debunking the myth of homogenization. The essays reveal that cities and regions across the world get incorporated into this system, exhibiting characteristics that are more diverse and complex than ever before especially due to the increasingly contradictory relationship with their local resource and cultural base.

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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