Guardians of the Bourgeois City: Citizenship, Public Space, and Middle–Class Activism in Mumbai 1

  title={Guardians of the Bourgeois City: Citizenship, Public Space, and Middle–Class Activism in Mumbai 1},
  author={Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria},
  journal={City \& Community},
  pages={391 - 406}
  • J. Anjaria
  • Published 1 December 2009
  • History, Sociology
  • City & Community
This article examines the new phenomenon of “citizens’ groups” in contemporary Mumbai, India, whose activities are directed at making the city's public spaces more orderly. Recent scholarship on Mumbai's efforts to become a “global” city has pointed to the removal of poor populations as an instance of neoliberal governmentality as espoused by the Indian state following the “liberalization” of the economy in the early 1990s. However, in this case, it is these civil society organizations, not the… 

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