Cloning colonialism: Residential development, transnational aspiration, and the complexities of postcolonial India.

Waldman, D., Silk, M. and Andrews, D.L., 2017. Cloning colonialism: Residential development, transnational aspiration, and the complexities of postcolonial India. Geoforum, 82, 180 - 188.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.04.018

Abstract

Within this article, we discuss/unpack a speculative international property development born out of a license agreement between the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and real estate investment company, Anglo Indian. The proposed building of twelve cloned, MCC branded, cricket communities in India–targeted to the consumption-based lifestyles of India’s new middle class–is addressed within the context relational to the political, economic, and cultural rationalities of postcolonial India, shifting power dynamics within the international cricket formation, and the associated re-colonisation of cricket-related spaces/bodies. Anglo Indian’s proposed communities are understood as part of a complex assemblage of national and global forces and relations (including, but certainly not restricted to): transnational gentrification; urban (re)development; and, revised understandings of historical and geographic connections between places, governance, and the politics of be(long)ing in branded spaces. This analysis explicates how Anglo Indian’s idealized community development offers a literal and figurative space for embodied performance of “glocal competence” for consumption-based identity projects of the new Indian middle-class (Brosius, 2010, p. 13) through the somewhat ironic mobilization of colonial spatial logics and cultural aesthetics.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0016-7185
Uncontrolled Keywords:Speculative (re)development; Master planned communities; Cricket; New Indian middle class; (Post)colonialism; Urban branding
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:29229
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:24 May 2017 14:46
Last Modified:24 May 2017 15:19

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