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Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism$
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Anne Rademacher and K. Sivaramakrishnan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390595

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390595.001.0001

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Urban Leopards Are Good Cartographers

Urban Leopards Are Good Cartographers

Human-Nonhuman and Spatial Conflicts at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai

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(p.67) 3 Urban Leopards Are Good Cartographers
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Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism
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Frédéric Landy

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888390595.003.0004

In Mumbai, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park is besieged by a sprawling urban agglomeration of 20 million inhabitants. The first part of this paper documents the dangerous and sometimes deadly presence of leopards in and around the park. In the second section, it is argued that leopards in Mumbai are not only a matter of human-nonhuman conflict: the panther attacks reveal conflicts of other kinds, between human stakeholders, and in particular highlight graduated levels of citizenship. Lastly, the leopards also reveal (or generate) spatial tensions – though they are also efficient go-betweens to help solve these conflicts.

Keywords:   National park, Mumbai, Leopards, Human-nonhuman conflict, Urban nature, Urban citizenship

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