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Hindu space: urban dislocations in post-partition Calcutta

Sanyal, Romola ORCID: 0000-0001-5942-5634 (2013) Hindu space: urban dislocations in post-partition Calcutta. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 39 (1). pp. 38-49. ISSN 0020-2754

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Identification Number: 10.1111/tran.12000


This article explores the relationship between refugees and urban segregation, using Calcutta as a site of analysis. Using interviews and other sources, it shows how refugees displaced Muslims in the process of squatting in the post-partition period. The aims of the article are two-fold. First, it aims to investigate the ways in which refugees, often considered ‘victims’ of persecution, can in fact become hegemonic forces within the urban environments to which they are displaced. This complicates their subject positions within larger geopolitical and urban discourses. Second, it aims to historicise current discussions of communalism in India by linking them to the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 and to interrogate the ways in which the latter continues to haunt urbanisation in India. The article thus reveals some of the ways in which various ‘marginal’ groups displace and dominate each other enabling the spatialisation of Hindu hegemony.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers © 2013 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2013 13:32
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2024 19:39
Funders: Social Science Research Council's International Dissertation Research, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

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