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Zeroville-on-Khambhat, or: the clean slate's cost

Greenfield, Adam (2015) Zeroville-on-Khambhat, or: the clean slate's cost. Dialogues in Human Geography, 5 (1). pp. 40-44. ISSN 2043-8206

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Identification Number: 10.1177/2043820614565869


In this reflection on Ayona Datta’s article on ‘New Urban Utopias’, I consider the specific ideological work the notion of the ‘smart city’ does when transplanted onto Indian soil as the development project of Dholera. I explore how the desire on the part of Dholera’s promoters to sanitize the site’s history, and efface the legacy of displacements and expulsions on which the planned megacity will be built, parallels a collective desire for forgetting on the part of Gujarat, Narendra Modi (then Gujarati Chief Minister and now Indian Prime Minister) and the nation itself.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author
Divisions: LSE Cities
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 15:52
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2024 07:42

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