Lecture with Sujata Patel: Urban Studies in India - At Crossroads
On Tuesday, 21 September 2021, from 15:00 to 16:30, Prof. Sujata Patel, holder of the 2021 Kerstin Hesselgren Visiting Professorship, will hold a virtual lecture on Urban Studies in India.
This presentation engages with the literature that has emerged since the 1990s in urban studies in India and in this context, discusses the nature of India’s urban modernity. It suggests that contemporary processes of capitalism have enveloped the entire territory of the country into an urban space with the mobile upper classes termed ‘middle classes’ and the state policies linking unevenly the so-called rural and urban areas through new forms of capitalist accumulation. These organise specific patterns of spatial inequalities and exclusions and in turn fuel contradictory processes of politics relating to gender, caste, ethnicity and religiosities. The focus of the urban studies should be to analyse the way the global intersects with regions and localities as these are being spatially constituted in the context of uneven urbanisation.
About the speaker:
Sujata Patel is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India, former Vice-President of the International Sociological Association (ISA), and author or editor of a dozen of books in the areas of social theory, urban studies, sociology of power and authority, and the sociology of social movements.
As Kerstin Hesselgren Visiting Professor, Sujata Patel is hosted by the Department of Sociology, Umeå University, and co-hosted by SASNET as well as the Division of Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO), Linköping University, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS), Umeå University, and the Department of Sociology, Uppsala University.
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