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Narratives of sustainable Indian urbanism: the logics of global and local knowledge mobilities in Chennai

Hackenbroch, K and Woiwode, C (2016) 'Narratives of sustainable Indian urbanism: the logics of global and local knowledge mobilities in Chennai.' South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, 14. pp. 1-24. ISSN 1960-6060

Abstract

Global mobilities of knowledge and financial capital considerably influence the pathways of Indian urbanism, suggesting an economic-growth-driven agenda to future-proof cities in a sustainable development effort. Such logics also dominate planning practices in Chennai, where technical-infrastructural interventions determine the development of the city. Consultants and lobby groups are able to draw on knowledge mobilities in linking urban development to global best practices. Simultaneously, a variety of emerging actors suggest different trajectories of living urban sustainability. These actors work on a smaller scale and seek a transformative moment from below. While at a first glance the two narratives of urban sustainability seem to be antithetical, we argue for a reading that acknowledges their intimate intermingling. Thus this paper centres on the points of confluence as well as on the disruptions between these two narratives, specifically investigating the political ecology of sustainable Indian urbanism.

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