Golden or Green? Growth Infrastructures and Resistance in Goa

  • Kenneth Bo Nielsen
  • Solano Jose Savio Da Silva
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)


This chapter explores how infrastructure projects help materialise utopian visions of a ‘new India’. It does this by focussing on the aviation sector and the specific case of a proposed greenfield airport at Mopa located in the state of Goa. It shows how the proposed project deviates from old-styled airports in terms of being conceived as an ‘airport city’, into a space of consumption, which is itself connected with other utopian projects such as golf courses, marinas, and luxury resorts. Importantly the chapter also demonstrates that such infrastructure projects have generated their own politics of dispossession leading to stiff opposition which has in turn led to the articulation of counter-utopias.


Smart City International Airport Civil Aviation Special Economic Zone Land Acquisition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth Bo Nielsen
    • 1
  • Solano Jose Savio Da Silva
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.Department of Humanities & Social SciencesBITS-Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa CampusSancoaleIndia

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