Subaltern Urbanisation in India

An Introduction to the Dynamics of Ordinary Towns

  • Eric Denis
  • Marie-Hélène Zérah

Part of the Exploring Urban Change in South Asia book series (EUCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvi
  2. Marie-Hélène Zérah, Eric Denis
    Pages 1-35
  3. Placing Small Towns: Dynamics of Urbanisation and Systems of Cities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Basudeb Chaudhuri, Boishampayan Chatterjee, Mainak Mazumdar, Safayet Karim
      Pages 91-118
    3. S. Chandrasekhar
      Pages 119-140
    4. Milap Punia, Rajnish Kumar, Laxman Singh, Sandeep Kaushik
      Pages 141-165
  4. Land, Society, Belonging

  5. Small Towns Between Rural and Urban Administration: Public Policies, Governance and Urban Services

  6. Producing and Innovating in Non-metropolitan Contexts

About this book


​This volume decentres the view of urbanisation in India from large agglomerations towards smaller urban settlements. It presents the outcomes of original research conducted over three years on subaltern processes of urbanization. The volume is organised in four sections. A first one deals with urbanisation dynamics and systems of cities with chapters on the new census towns, demographic and economic trajectories of cities and employment transformation. The interrelations of land transformation, social and cultural changes form the topic of the “land, society, belonging” section based on ethnographic work in various parts of India (Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu). A third section focuses on public policies, governance and urban services with a set of macro-analysis based papers and specific case studies. Understanding the nature of production and innovation in non-metropolitan contexts closes this volume. Finally, though focused on India, this research raises larger questions with regard to the study of urbanisation and development worldwide.  


Capital and innovation in small towns Clusters and networks of small towns Diversity of urbanization India's settlement structure Nature of formation of small towns New clusters of economic activity in small towns Peripheral modernization Plurality of development models Proliferation of small towns and economic processes Small towns and Indian economic growth Small towns as engines of social change Subaltern urbanization Urban transition through small towns Urbanization and development

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric Denis
    • 1
  • Marie-Hélène Zérah
    • 2
  1. 1.Géographie-cités LabFrench National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) Géographie-cités LabParisFrance
  2. 2.Centre for Social Sciences Studies on Africa, America and Asia (CESSMA, Paris), French Institute of Research for Sustainable Development (IRD), Paris, France.Centre for Policy ResearchNew DelhiIndia

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