From Third-Class to World-Class Citizens : Claiming Belonging, Countering Betrayal in the Margins of Ahmedabad

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Social and Cultural Anthropology en
dc.contributor.author Salmi, Jelena
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-23T15:48:02Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-23T15:48:02Z
dc.date.issued 2019-12-18
dc.identifier.citation Salmi , J 2019 , ' From Third-Class to World-Class Citizens : Claiming Belonging, Countering Betrayal in the Margins of Ahmedabad ' , City & Society , vol. 31 , no. 3 , pp. 392-412 . https://doi.org/10.1111/ciso.12238 en
dc.identifier.issn 0893-0465
dc.identifier.other PURE: 124718727
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dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-5964-7146/work/68617504
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/310256
dc.description.abstract This paper ethnographically explores the repercussions of the large-scale displacement and resettlement of slum-dwellers in the city of Ahmedabad, India, where state-sponsored urban development aimed at the creation of a slum-free world-class city is strongly personified around the figure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Based on ten months’ fieldwork in the slum resettlement site of Sadbhavna Nagar in 2015–2016, I explore the intricacies of betrayal resulting from world-class city making. First, I sug-gest that infrastructure interventions and futuristic imaginaries invoked dreams of a better future among the poor, but resulted in a sense of having been betrayed by both Modi and the state when people were physically and discursively excluded from the world-class city. Second, I demonstrate how resettled people have engaged in micro-level practices of betrayal by mobilizing middle-class “nuisance talk” (Ghertner 2012) to denigrate their new, unwanted neighbors. I argue that the perceived betrayal by the state trickles down and translates into a betrayal of neighbors in the resettlement site, reinforcing the pre-existing inequalities of caste and religion among the urban poor. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof City & Society
dc.rights en
dc.subject 5200 Other social sciences en
dc.subject Anthropology en
dc.subject India en
dc.subject Displacement en
dc.subject Urban development en
dc.subject World-Class City en
dc.subject resettlement en
dc.title From Third-Class to World-Class Citizens : Claiming Belonging, Countering Betrayal in the Margins of Ahmedabad en
dc.type Article
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dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1111/ciso.12238
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