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Title: Splintering Urbanism in High-tech Hyderabad
Keywords: India, splintering urbanism, global south, Hyderabad, high-tech
Issue Date: 6-Aug-2010
Source: DIGANTA KUMAR DAS (2010-08-06). Splintering Urbanism in High-tech Hyderabad. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Cities or city-regions have assumed a new centrality in the global economy. They are commonly termed as `growth engines? in the new informational mode of development. In India, local governments are increasingly drafting city-centric policies implemented through various `vision? documents to make their cities `global? and competitive. Through these visioning exercises, government agencies attempt to network with distant places by constructing high-tech spaces that provide the infrastructure for global connectivity. Often this occurs through eviction of local people who are also excluded from the high-tech urban development. A direct consequence of processes such as large-scale evictions, land acquisitions and exclusions is the emergence of a splintered urban landscape. Cyberabad, a 52 sq. km high-tech enclave within Hyderabad in India, provides an important case through which to consider processes of splintering urbanism. Drawing upon fieldwork carried out in and around Cyberabad among farming families faced with eviction and a close reading of policy documents, this thesis both deploys the concept of splintering urbanism and provides insights into the local-social negotiations and everyday practices of villagers in ways that extend splintering urbanism empirically and methodologically. My research is primarily focused around three major objectives. First, I seek to understand the city-centric vision ideas of the state government to transform Hyderabad into a high-tech destination. Second, I seek to examine the social implications of high-tech development at the village level. Third, I seek to extend insights of the work on splintering urbanism by bringing in consideration of human agency.
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