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Colonizing, decolonizing, and globalizing Kolkata : from a colonial to a post-Marxist city

Author: Siddhartha Sen
Publisher: Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, [2017] ©2017
Series: Asian cities (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 5.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Colonising, Decolonising, and Globalising Kolkata' offers an extended analysis of the architecture of Kolkata from the earliest days of colonialism through independence and on into the twenty-first century, all set in the larger context of Indian cities and architecture. What Siddhartha Sen shows is the transformation of a colonial city into a Marxist one-and ongoing attempts to further transform it into a global  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Siddhartha Sen
ISBN: 9789048530687 9048530687
OCLC Number: 1003641336
Description: 1 online resource (289 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Overture --
Introduction Scope of the Book --
Analytical Framework --
Concept of the State in India --
Socialism, Communism, and Marxism --
Data Sources --
Organization of the Book --
2. Colonizing Kolkata --
From a City of Huts to a City of Palaces Founding of Kolkata --
Kolkata's Early Urbanism --
Spatial Restructuring of Kolkata and the Emergence of Social and Political Control as the Dominant Planning Paradigm --
Kolkata's Transformation to a City of Palaces --
Emergence of Architecture as a Symbol of Power --
Creating a Healthier and Beautiful City for the British: Emergence of a New Paradigm for Planning --
Early Municipal Administration in Kolkata --
Rise of the British and the Demise of Other European Settlements around Kolkata --
Haora's Urbanism --
3. Building a Neo-Classical, Beautiful, and Clean City --
Rise and Decline of British Imperial Urbanism Consolidation of British Power: Making Kolkata a Neo-Classical City --
Neo-Classical Architectural Influence on the Bengali Elite --
Orientalist Discourse on Architecture and Kolkata --
Absence of the Indo-Saracenic Style in Kolkata --
Victoria Memorial Hall: Neo-Classical Revival in Kolkata --
Modern Indian Architecture Movement --
Limited Modernism in Kolkata --
Transforming Kolkata into a Cleaner and Healthier City for the British --
Shifting the Discourse to Bustees as a Source of Disease --
Calcutta Improvement Trust and E.P. Richards's Plan for Kolkata --
Sir Patrick Geddes's Plan for the Burra Bazaar --
Racial Segregation --
Municipal Administration in Kolkata and the Expansion of Its Boundaries --
Haora's Transformation to a Coolie Town --
4. Decolonizing Kolkata --
From an American Planning Paradigm to a Marxist City Chandigarh: A Defining Moment in India's Search for Post-Colonial Urbanism --
Revivalist Architecture and the Search for Post-Colonial Architectural Identity --
Lack of a Search for Post-Colonial Architecture in Kolkata --
In Search of Post-Colonial Planning: An Overview --
Initial Acts of Decolonization in Kolkata --
Material Legacies of Colonial Planning and Kolkata's Post-Colonial Urban Problems --
Political Economy of Post-Colonial Kolkata and Its Urban Problems --
Administrative Structure and the Continuation of the Colonial Legacy in the Immediate Post-Colonial Period --
Western Discourse on Kolkata and the Advent of Western Planning --
Calcutta Metropolitan Planning Organisation and the Export of the American Planning Paradigm to Kolkata --
Fear of Communism and the Formation of the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority --
Political Climate and Municipal Reform --
Infiltration of the Grassroots Space by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Its Allies --
New Towns around Kolkata --
Haora's Post-Colonial Urbanism --
5. Globalizing Kolkata --
Late Bloomer Emergence of New Market-Driven Architectural Forms in India --
Why Kolkata Was a Late Bloomer --
Making Kolkata Attractive to Capital: Operation Sunshine and the Proposal to Remove Rickshaw Pullers --
Singur and Nandigram: The Changing Priorities of the Left Front --
Kolkata's Population Growth, Territorial Changes, and Administrative Structure --
Liberalization and the Changing Role of the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation --
Kolkata's Private Townships and Gated Communities: Emergence of Real Estate-Driven Development --
Kolkata's Office Buildings for the Service and Financial Sectors, SEZs, and IT Parks and Complexes --
Shopping Malls --
Emergence of New Planning Paradigms: State-Regulated Townships and Private Townships --
Rajarhat --
Haora's Global Urbanism --
Kolkata West International City --
6. Concluding Remarks.
Series Title: Asian cities (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 5.
Responsibility: Siddhartha Sen.

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