• Beyond the 'Exclusionary City': North-east Migrants in Neo-liberal Delhi

    Author(s):
    Duncan McDuie-Ra (see profile)
    Date:
    2012
    Subject(s):
    Ethnic studies, India, Urban studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    labor
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M66382
    Abstract:
    Scholars have noted the ways in which Delhi’s transformation into a global city has enclosed urban spaces excluding the urban poor, labourers and migrants. One of the neglected aspects of this focus is the way in which Delhi’s transformation has created new opportunities for migrants from north-east India. This article is an ethnographic account of migrants from the north-east in Delhi. It is argued that employment opportunities in the neo-liberal spaces of the global city are fuelling a rapid increase in migration from the north-east, the very limit of India’s geographical and cultural imaginary. Outside these spaces of economic inclusion, north-east migrants continue to live as exceptional citizens and experience racism, discrimination and violence. The experiences of north-east migrants in Delhi suggest that the exclusionary city narrative is an incomplete view of urban change in India, and reveal how neo-liberal transformation is connecting heartland cities to frontier regions in ways previously unimagined.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Pub. DOI:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098012465126
    Journal:
    Urban Studies
    Volume:
    50
    Start Page:
    1625
    End Page:
    1640
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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