Introduction: Contested Urbanism in Delhi’s Interstitial Spaces

  • Surajit Chakravarty
  • Rohit Negi
Part of the Exploring Urban Change in South Asia book series (EUCS)


Cities of the global south are known for being messy and inscrutable in terms of the systems and institutions that govern them. Much is known about the debilitating effects of the chronic lack of resources and technical capacity, rapid population growth, poverty, infrastructure deficits, layers of bureaucracy, corruption, political manueuvring and so on. In addition to all of the existential difficulties, the neoliberal moment has allowed liquid capital to circulate in search of investment opportunities, with weak regulation and under the conditions described above. Delhi, in a short time, has found itself transforming from a minor outpost in the global economy to an important regional node with “world city” aspirations, embedded within one of the world’s fastest growing economies.This volume attempts to draw insights regarding the nature of urbanization in Delhi from the experiences of interstitial spaces. The introductory chapter lays out the objectives of the volume and explains its organization.


Real Estate Interstitial Space Informal Settlement Ordinary Space World City 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ALHOSN UniversityAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
  2. 2.Ambedkar University DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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