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Pirate Modernity

Sundaram, Ravi:
Pirate modernity : Delhi's media urbanism / Ravi Sundaram. - London and New York : Routledge, 2010 [eBook-Ausg.: 2009]. - xix, 224 S. : Ill. - (Asia's transformations)
ISBN 978-0-415-40966-7 / 0-415-40966-7 (hardback)
£ 75,00 / US$ 150,00
ISBN 978-0-203-87542-1 / 0-203-87542-7 (ebook)
£ 75,00
DDC: 302.230954
LCC: P94.65.I4 S86 2009

Using Delhi's contemporary history as a site for reflection, Pirate Modernity moves from a detailed discussion of the technocratic design of the city by US planners in the 1950s, to the massive expansions after 1977, culminating in the urban crisis of the 1990s. As a practice, pirate modernity is an illicit form of urban globalization. Poorer urban populations increasingly inhabit non-legal spheres: unauthorized neighborhoods, squatter camps and bypass legal technological infrastructures (media, electricity). This pirate culture produces a significant enabling resource for subaltern populations unable to enter the legal city. Equally, this is an unstable world, bringing subaltern populations into the harsh glare of permanent technological visibility, and attacks by urban elites, courts and visceral media industries. The book examines contemporary Delhi from some of these sites: the unmaking of the citys modernist planning design, new technological urban networks that bypass states and corporations, and the tragic experience of the road accident terrifyingly enhanced by technological culture. Pirate Modernity moves between past and present, along with debates in Asia, Africa and Latin America on urbanism, media culture, and everyday life. [Verlagsinformation]

List of figures. xii
Preface. xiv
Acknowledgments. xvi
Introduction: After Media. 1
1. A City of Order: The Masterplan. 28
2. Media Urbanism. 67
3. The Pirate Kingdom. 105
4. Death and the Accident. 139
5. Conclusion: An Information City? 172
Notes. 181
Bibliography. 200
Index. 216

RAVI SUNDARAM, fellow of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societes, Delhi. Profile page.

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