Postcolonial Urbanization

“The global city framework has been critiqued by scholars — particularly postcolonial theorists — who note that cities like Mumbai cannot be described as ‘splintering’ since they never approximated any modern planning ideal in the first place. Moreover, to characterize a city like Mumbai as simply an incidence of ‘incomplete modernity’ incorrectly assumes the territorially coherent industrial–capitalist city as some sort of empty category or inevitable stage in development through which all cities must pass. Contemporary infrastructural and spatial disjunctures are better explained, it is argued, by looking at how various patterns of rule and relations of governance with roots in a colonial past continue to inform contemporary patterns of citizenship”- Lisa Bjorkman, Becoming a Slump. 39.

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