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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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Courts, Public Cultures of Legality, and Urban Ecological Imagination in Delhi

Courts, Public Cultures of Legality, and Urban Ecological Imagination in Delhi

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(p.137) 6 Courts, Public Cultures of Legality, and Urban Ecological Imagination in Delhi
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Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism
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K. Sivaramakrishnan

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888390595.003.0007

Courts, Public Cultures of Legality, and Urban Ecological Imagination in Delhi Chapter abstract: This essay provides an analysis of the legal contests over the forests and groundwater in the city of Delhi over the last three decades. It examines the ways in which the iconic Delhi Ridge, which runs along a north to south axis through most of the city, is imagined and litigated as a natural resource, an environmental amenity, and a provider of ecosystem services for the national capital region of India. Based on research in courts and among litigators, with activists and technocrats, this study describes the formation of legal public spheres around environmental disputes and the rights of urban residents of all classes in Delhi. This essay identifies emergent environmental jurisprudence in India; even as it considers the material consequences of the biotic and sedimentary ecologies of the Delhi Ridge for urban environmental change in the national capital territory.

Keywords:   law, environmental movements, Delhi, public sphere, urban nature

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