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Blue Infrastructures

Natural History, Political Ecology and Urban Development in Kolkata

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  • Studies the complex interactions between cities, nature, and technology over extended timescales

  • Employs the historical urban political ecology approach (HUPE), which combines urban environmental history and urban political ecology

  • Draws on rich archival and ethnographic findings to capture the transformations of Kolkata’s blue infrastructure

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

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxv
  2. The Natural Evolution of the Urban

    • Jenia Mukherjee
    Pages 27-51
  3. Tamed Interventions

    • Jenia Mukherjee
    Pages 53-84
  4. Untamed Practices

    • Jenia Mukherjee
    Pages 85-123
  5. Disrupted Networks

    • Jenia Mukherjee
    Pages 125-150
  6. Transformed Infrastructures

    • Jenia Mukherjee
    Pages 151-177
  7. Urban Environmentalisms

    • Jenia Mukherjee
    Pages 205-230

About this book

This book focuses on Kolkata, formerly the colonial capital of and currently a major megacity in India, in terms of its extensive blue infrastructures, i.e., its rivers, canals and wetlands as an integrated composite whole. It unfolds ways in which this reclaimed urban space could determine, and in turn, could get determined by political fate, economic calculations and social livelihoods across changing political-economic imperatives and with large-scale implications on urban sustainability. Employing historical urban political ecology (HUPE) as the methodological framework by combining urban environmental history and urban political ecology, the book studies the changing urban environmental equations through several centuries, and its impact on the city and its people. Weaving the past, present and posterity of deltaic Kolkata, the book demonstrates that it is in these ‘blue infrastructures’ that the anecdote of origin, the account of functioning and the apprehension of survival of the city is rooted. By emphasizing the ecology ‘of’ cities instead of ecology ‘in’ cities approach, the book exposes the limitations of contemporary ecological restructuring efforts regarding Indian cities. Further, it offers a blueprint for future innovative and empirical research focusing on other major cities. Accordingly, this topical and original book will be of interest to students and researchers of environmental humanities, political ecology and urban studies.

Keywords

  • natural ecology of Kolkata
  • saltwater marshes
  • colonial history of Kolkata
  • history of urban development in Kolkata
  • East Kolkata Wetlands
  • municipal canal networks
  • sewage-fed agriculture
  • pisiculture on wetlands
  • post-colonial urban development projects
  • urban environmentalisms
  • Save the Wetlands Movement
  • methodological cityism

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India

    Jenia Mukherjee

About the author

Jenia Mukherjee is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Her research interests include urban sustainability, environmental history, political ecology and development studies. In 2013, she was awarded the World Social Science Fellowship on ‘Sustainable Urbanization’ by the International Social Science Council. She has published papers and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, and has engaged in international projects on urban environmental issues. Her most recent book (edited) is Sustainable Urbanization in India: Issues and Challenges (Springer, 2018). She was awarded the prestigious Carson Writing Fellowship (2018-19) by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, Germany for completing this book project: Blue Infrastructures: Natural History, Political Ecology and Urban Development in Kolkata

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Blue Infrastructures

  • Book Subtitle: Natural History, Political Ecology and Urban Development in Kolkata

  • Authors: Jenia Mukherjee

  • Series Title: Exploring Urban Change in South Asia

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-3951-0

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-15-3950-3

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-15-3953-4

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-15-3951-0

  • Series ISSN: 2367-0045

  • Series E-ISSN: 2367-0053

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXV, 239

  • Number of Illustrations: 16 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: History of South Asia, Urban Sociology, Urban History

Buying options

eBook
USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-981-15-3951-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 69.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 99.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)