Shareholder Cities: Land Transformations Along Urban Corridors in India


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University of Pennsylvania Press
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6.3 X 0.9 X 9.1 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Sai Balakrishnan teaches urban planning at Harvard University.


"Shareholder Cities brings nearly every big development question and debate in India into sharp focus. Through deep and rich case studies of cities along one of India's largest infrastructure corridors (Mumbai-Pune), Balakrishnan shows how large-scale land use changes are being driven, negotiated, and contested. Weaving together central themes in the most influential paradigms of developmental transformation, Sai Balakrishnan shows how capital, farmers, castes, state logics, and local democratic institutions all intersect in producing a range of outcomes. Shareholder Cities is that rare book that does not merely theorize but actually makes us understand how big structural forces of development work themselves out through the local."--Patrick Heller, Brown University

"Shareholder Cities is a pathbreaking study of peripheral development along India's transportation corridors. Breaking with the urban-rural binary, Sai Balakrishnan compares different treatments of liminal space to identify those most benefiting poor people. Her attention to cooperatives is a particularly important investigation of the redevelopment of formerly agricultural lands into urban real estate."--Susan S. Fainstein, author of The Just City

"Original, thoughtful, and timely, Shareholder Cities offers a fresh perspective on the political economy of land use change in one of the most dynamic regions of India."--Sanjoy Chakravorty, Temple University