Exploring Urban Change in South Asia

Blue Infrastructures

Natural History, Political Ecology and Urban Development in Kolkata

Authors: Mukherjee, Jenia

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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
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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.

About the authors

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

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook 67,40 €
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Hardcover 83,19 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Blue Infrastructures
Book Subtitle
Natural History, Political Ecology and Urban Development in Kolkata
Authors
Series Title
Exploring Urban Change in South Asia
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-3951-0
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-3951-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-3950-3
Series ISSN
2367-0045
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 239
Number of Illustrations
16 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
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