Window to a South-South World: Ordinary Gentrification and African Migrants in Delhi

  • Rohit Negi
  • Persis Taraporevala
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Indian and African economic ties have expanded tremendously in the last two decades. This has generated ideas of new global geopolitical realignments that are typically understood through a south-south collaborative lens. Our chapter reads these shifts by placing African migrants in a Delhi neighbourhood, aiming to understand the interactions between the hosts and migrants as a window into south-south futures. It argues that locals’ deeply held prejudices relating to Africans articulate with dynamics of urban change to produce precarity for the migrants. The chapter also shows that while the strategies adopted by the latter seek to minimize confrontations, there remains a gap in communication and meaningful interactions that would make these spaces livable for them in the long term.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rohit Negi
    • 1
  • Persis Taraporevala
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Human EcologyAmbedkar UniversityDelhiIndia
  2. 2.Centre for Policy ResearchDelhiIndia

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