Urban Utopias

Excess and Expulsion in Neoliberal South Asia

  • Tereza Kuldova
  • Mathew A. Varghese

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Futuristic Visions of Urbanity and Socio-Economic Expulsions

  3. Urban Megalomaniac Visions and Heritage Utopias

  4. Urban Queer Utopias and Bodily Expulsions

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 281-289

About this book


This book brings anthropologists and critical theorists together in order to investigate utopian visions of the future in the neoliberal cities of India and Sri Lanka. Arguing for the priority of materiality in any analysis of contemporary ideology, the authors explore urban construction projects, special economic zones, fashion ramps, films, archaeological excavations, and various queer spaces. In the process, they reveal how diverse co-existing utopian visions are entangled with local politics and global capital, and show how these utopian visions are at once driven by visions of excess and by increasing expulsions. It’s a dystopia already in the making – one marred by land grabs and forced evictions, rising inequality, and the loss of urbanity and civility. 


South Asia Heritage studies Aesthetic theory Utopian processes Popular cutlure

Editors and affiliations

  • Tereza Kuldova
    • 1
  • Mathew A. Varghese
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Archaeology, Conservation and HistoryUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceMaharajas CollegeKeralaIndia

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