The City & South Asia

February 1, 2014

For the past five thousand years, South Asia has supported one of the world’s greatest concentrations of cities. In recent years, however, the South Asian city has presented contrasting images of skyscrapers and slums, temples and factories. More recent, and much more crucial, is the scholarship on contemporary urbanism in South Asia whose value is not merely in debunking fantasies or revealing hidden agendas, but in analyzing the parallax between perception and the spatial, economic, and cultural aspects of the lived urban experience. Home to over one-third of the world’s population, this region is important to understand how and why humans congregate in urban clusters.

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