Calcutta's Hand–Pulled Rickshaws: Cultural Politics and Place Making in a Globalizing City*

  title={Calcutta's Hand–Pulled Rickshaws: Cultural Politics and Place Making in a Globalizing City*},
  author={Shireen Hyrapiet and Alyson L. Greiner},
  journal={Geographical Review},
  pages={407 - 426}
Abstract. For more than a century, hand‐pulled rickshaws have been a prominent part of Calcutta's cityscape. Under the veil of modernization, progress, and globalization, however, the government of West Bengal State declared that rickshaws cause traffic congestion and constitute an exploitative use of human labor. Yet, despite the government‐imposed ban, rickshaws continue to ply the streets of central Calcutta. Based on interviews with rickshaw owners, operators, public officials, and local… Expand
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