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The urban village, agrarian transformation, and rentier capitalism in Gurgaon, India

Cowan, Thomas (2018) The urban village, agrarian transformation, and rentier capitalism in Gurgaon, India. Antipode. ISSN 0066-4812

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Gurgaon, India's “millennium city”, is today synonymous with India's embrace of global real estate capital and private sector‐led urban development. This paper asserts that Gurgaon's spectacular urbanisation has been fundamentally underpinned by an uneven process of land acquisition, exemption and agrarian transformation. Shifting away from dispossession‐centred analyses of contemporary urbanisation in India, this paper explores Gurgaon's “urban villages” to consider the uneven integration of agrarian classes into emerging urban real estate markets. Through an examination of differential experiences of land acquisition and agrarian social change among Gurgaon's landowning classes, the paper seeks to trace complex and nonlinear processes of agrarian transformation which make possible landscapes of global accumulation.

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Additional Information: © 2018 The Author
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2018 14:12
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 18:15
Projects: ES/J500057/1
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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