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Ecologies of Urbanism in IndiaMetropolitan Civility and Sustainability$
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Anne M. Rademacher and K. Sivaramakrishnan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139767

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139767.001.0001

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Value Struggles: Waste Work and Urban Ecology in Delhi

Value Struggles: Waste Work and Urban Ecology in Delhi

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(p.169) 7 Value Struggles: Waste Work and Urban Ecology in Delhi
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Ecologies of Urbanism in India
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Vinay Gidwani

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139767.003.0007

This chapter considers contemporary urban transformation in Delhi, taking particular interest in the movement between informality and illegality in the municipal waste sector. Arguing that urban transformations should be understood as value struggles, the author explores an “exclusionary urbanism” that maps waste and social class in similar arenas. Studying waste production, management and livelihoods from waste, this chapter traces the conflicts over value and materials. Waste is identified, transported and converted in contests between private and informal sectors, and an always incapable but strongly present government sector.

Keywords:   India, Ecology, Urban, Delhi, Waste, Value, Livelihoods, Industry

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