The Industrial Ephemeral: Labor and Love in Indian Architecture and Construction (Atelier: Ethnographic Inquiry in the Twenty-First Century #7) (Paperback)

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What transformative effects does a multimillion-dollar industry have on those who work within it? The Industrial Ephemeral presents the untold stories of the people, politics, and production chains behind architecture, real estate, and construction in areas surrounding New Delhi, India. The personal histories of those in India's large laboring classes are brought to life as Namita Vijay Dharia discusses the aggressive environmental and ecological metamorphosis of the region in the twenty-first century. Urban planning and architecture are messy processes that intertwine migratory pathways, corruption politics, labor struggle, ecological transformations, and technological development. Rampant construction activity produces an atmosphere of ephemerality in urban regions, creating an aesthetic condition that supports industrial political economy. Dharia's brilliant analysis of the sensibilities and experiences of work lends visibility to the struggle of workers in an era of growing urban inequality.

About the Author


Namita Vijay Dharia is an architect and anthropologist specializing in urban South Asia. She is an Assistant Professor of Political Economy at the Rhode Island School of Design.
 
Product Details
ISBN: 9780520383104
ISBN-10: 0520383109
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: July 19th, 2022
Pages: 290
Language: English
Series: Atelier: Ethnographic Inquiry in the Twenty-First Century