Planned Violence

Post/Colonial Urban Infrastructure, Literature and Culture

  • Elleke Boehmer
  • Dominic Davies

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Section I

  3. Section II

  4. Section III

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 341-349

About this book


This book brings the insights of social geographers and cultural historians into a critical dialogue with literary narratives of urban culture and theories of literary cultural production. In so doing, it explores new ways of conceptualizing the relationship between urban planning, its often violent effects, and literature. Comparing the spatial pasts and presents of the post-imperial and post/colonial cities of London, Delhi and Johannesburg, but also including case studies of other cities, such as Chicago, Belfast, Jerusalem and Mumbai, Planned Violence investigates how that iconic site of modernity, the colonial city, was imagined by its planners — and how this urban imagination, and the cultural and social interventions that arose in response to it, made violence a part of the everyday social life of its subjects. Throughout, however, the collection also explores the extent to which literary and cultural productions might actively resist infrastructures of planned violence, and imagine alternative ways of inhabiting post/colonial city spaces.


Social Geography Cultural History Modernity Urban planning Spaitial studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Elleke Boehmer
    • 1
  • Dominic Davies
    • 2
  1. 1.English FacultyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.City, University of LondonLondonUK

Bibliographic information