Journals Higher Education



Published: 21 September 2015

272 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199385577

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Rule By Aesthetics

World-Class City Making in Delhi

D. Asher Ghertner

  • A new theory of the role of aesthetics and visual appearance in how cities and urban populations are governed, and how the urban poor contest their displacement
  • The first in-depth ethnographic study of slum demolition, focusing on contemporary Delhi, and one of the first ethnographic studies of city planning and urban governance in India, the world's second largest country
  • Offers an in-depth and historical examination of the role of the law in the spatial organization of cities
  • Presents a multi-class analysis, examining both how the urban poor face displacement pressures in India and how elite classes mobilize to displace the poor