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Remembering Robert Weil

Robert Weil, activist-intellectual and author of Red Cat White Cat: China and the Contradictions of Market Socialism, who passed away in March 2014 and whose memorial meeting was organised by his family, friends and long-time comrades on 15 February 2015 at Santa Cruz, California, is remembered by intellectuals and activists in the US, Canadian, Dutch, Chinese, Indian and Latin American left.

Nonadanga Eviction Questioning the Right to the City

The recent eviction in Nonadanga in Kolkata can only be understood against the wider backdrop of the implementation of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, which has been denying the poor of their right to the city, whether in Mumbai, Delhi or Kolkata.

Contemporary Globalisation and the Politics of Space

Since place is the arena where social structure and social relations interact, all praxis are grounded in specific places, giving rise to relations of power, domination and resistance. Underlying the spatialities one finds the material framework of social relations, power structure and discursive methodologies of the common people. A look at the dynamics of "space" and "spatiality" as reflected in the research in globalisation studies.

Status of Rural Migrant Workers in Chinese Cities

The post-199os economic boom in China is largely associated with an increasing rural-urban divide and a decline in formal wage employment in the urban sector. The case of workers in the Shenzhen special economic zone in south China is representative of this trend. When agriculture was deprioritised there was an exodus to the cities. The "peasant workers" in Shenzhen are forced to pay taxes and fees in their native villages but are not officially accepted as urban workers and cannot enjoy the urban-based facilities that the latter do. They work in abysmal conditions for long hours and are not paid regularly. Moreover, any protest leads to instant job loss.

Neoliberalising the 'Urban': New Geographies of Power and Injustice in Indian Cities

An adequate understanding of the contemporary neoliberal urban process requires a grasp of its politico-economic ideological framework, multi-scalar institutional forms, diverse socio-political links and multiple contradictions. This paper examines the active engagement of neoliberalism that is not only moulding the concept of "urban", but is simultaneously intensifying unevenness in inter-urban and intra-urban development. It focuses on the National Urban Renewal Mission, the official carrier of neoliberal urbanism, and its various implications. The paper illustrates the process of restructuring in a few cities in different states, most importantly, in Mumbai, the country's budding "international financial centre", with a focus on specific "development" projects.

Space Relations of Capital

This paper examines the evolution of the new development enclaves - special economic zones - in India in the light of the space relations of capital. The process of establishing sezs in India is essentially a classic unfolding of the process of "accumulation by dispossession" which is part of the recent strategy of global capital to overcome the chronic problem of over-accumulation. The paper throws light on the ongoing reorganisation of the space relations of capital in India.

Critical Geographical Praxis

With the academisation of radical geographical thought and its further development from radical to critical in recent years, and a growing importance of emerging critique of erstwhile social theories in various disciplines, the globalisation discourse on space-time convergence is increasingly occupying a significant position in the ongoing debates in critical geography. It, therefore, becomes important to examine the process of globalisation with a spatial dialectical perspective and bring out the facets of political economy of space through such geographical researches.

Shifting Cities

This paper attempts to examine the ideology and politics directing the urban development process in Mumbai through an empirical understanding. Beginning with a discussion of the growth process of the built environment, the paper examines the contemporary restructuration process in the city in the light of the recent MMRDA plan and other initiatives and attempts to develop a critique of the entire process of recent urbanisation.

Industrial Geography and Studies on Multinational Corporations

The belated entry of geographers into the field of analysis of international operations of large industrial organisations was initially marked by a stress on individual organisations and regional issues, gradually progressed towards combining structural issues with organisational researches. Interactive approaches and the incorporation of social theory were additions in the process. With the development of a political economy perspective, however, geographical research began to identify the underlying web of economic forces and social relations of the international industrial operations and hence could integrate industrial and development geography.

Developing Knowledge to Combat Transnationals

Transnationals Swapna Banerjee-Guha TNCs and India: An Activists' Guide to Research and Campaign on Transnational Corporations by Jed Greer and Kavaljit Singh; Public Interest Research Group, New Delhi, 1996; pp 122, Rs 50 or $ 5.

Urban Growth and Access to Basic Services

Urbanisation in Developing Countries (Urban Studies Series I) edited by Bidyut Mohanty; pp vii+45, Rs 75; Urbanisation in India (Urban Studies Series II) by K C Sivaramakrishnan, Biplab Dasgupta and M N Buch; Institute of Social Sciences, and Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, 1993; pp xxv+421, Rs 450.

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