The Newsletter 57 Summer 2011

Postcolonial global cities: The Indian experience

Swati BhattacharyaJayesh G

Grappling with the facets and nuances of postcolonial cities is a daunting task fraught with complexity, given the much contested nature of the ‘postcolonial’ concept. The colonial experience has often been taken as a hegemonic, unifying category. This ill-equips one to deal with, or account for, societal or experiential diff erences. It leads us inevitably to reduce the manifold divergences and diversities manifest in the colonial experience to the oversimplifi cation of a domination–subjugation relationship played out by the two actors (the colonizers and the colonized).

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