Guarded Luxotopias and Expulsions in New Delhi: Aesthetics and Ideology of Outer and Inner Spaces of an Urban Utopia

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


This chapter draws us in the world of carefully guarded and gated spaces where spectacular fashion shows present themselves as compressed urban utopias, or rather luxotopias, with all the elements crafted to set apart the worlds of the rich and powerful. Theatrical stage sets of the Delhi fashion ramps evoke a semi-futuristic luxurious ideal nowhere (often Hindu and hyper-modern), condensing the gated elite world onto a few square meters. Juxtaposing the aesthetics and mythologies of the gated fashion shows with the utopias of neoliberal urban planning, the chapter shows how neoliberal luxotopias become both expressions of desire and fears pertaining of the Indian elite clientele and how the elitist vision of a desirable social order is materialized, while multiplying material and aesthetic internal boundaries within a society and expelling those unwanted and undesirable.


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  • Tereza Kuldova
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  1. 1.Department of Archaeology, Conservation and HistoryUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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