Tagged with Urban Theory

Downtrodden a question mark!

Downtrodden a question mark!

In the last post (link), I was faced with an ah haan question of ‘what is the politics of informality?’ or rather what is my politics in studying urban informality. I have been trying to make my position clear in my own head. I tried to tie it together in a presentation to the ‘informality … Continue reading

Formal-Informal dualism

Formal-Informal dualism

‘Informal’ due to its dependence on formal and the connotation in the development discourse usually comes up in a negative sense and is almost always referred with urban poor. For the study of fast changing urban agglomerations (specific to India in this case), we need to have a far more neutral term. Continue reading

The Idea’s Constipation?

The Idea’s Constipation?

I am in no way making a case for Koolhaas, but using Koolhaas as a tool to argue that nothing much has changed in urban theory for the past two decades. This is resulting in projects and studies of cities, specially in the global south to have the same perspective as of Keith Hart. Continue reading