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Meeting at the Edges: Spaces, Places and Grassroots Governance Activism in Delhi

Webb, Martin. 2013. Meeting at the Edges: Spaces, Places and Grassroots Governance Activism in Delhi. South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Through ethnography of activist organisations promoting transparency, accountability and active citizenship, and comprising coalitions of the city’s middle classes and urban poor, this article explores the spaces in which activists from different social backgrounds meet and carry out their work. By locating the positions of meeting rooms, offices and activists’ homes in urban space, I open up a view of the everyday practices of grassroots governance initiatives aimed at producing shared citizenship. I show how Delhi’s social and spatial segregation requires that the working through of a politics of shared citizenship must necessarily take place outside, or in between, the city’s zones of exclusivity and exclusion. I also show how activist initiatives partially incorporate the urban poor into new regimes of governance and accountability by mirroring everyday processes of leadership and mediation.

Item Type:

Article

Keywords:

activism, urban space, Delhi, citizenship, governance

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology

Dates:

DateEvent
19 December 2013Published

Item ID:

17871

Date Deposited:

11 Apr 2016 13:10

Last Modified:

15 Jul 2018 05:19

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/17871

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