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Accumulation by SegregationMuslim Localities in Delhi$
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Ghazala Jamil

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199470655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199470655.001.0001

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Materiality of Culture and Identity

Materiality of Culture and Identity

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(p.33) Chapter One Materiality of Culture and Identity
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Accumulation by Segregation
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Ghazala Jamil

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199470655.003.0002

This chapter opens with a brief survey of literature on spatialization of discrimination. It presents an account of Old Delhi and Seelampur. It investigates ideological purposes of production of space and asserts that urban space has been commodified by capitalism even in its quality as a place of play and leisure. Parts of the Muslim localities in the walled city are produced as museumized space for the adventurous neo-liberal consumer of artistic, cultural, historical, and architectural heritage. Simultaneously, Muslim localities (such as Seelampur) are produced as derelict, dense and illicit areas by discursive practice—journalists, social science/planning researchers, social work/development practitioners. It is asserted that the two processes of segregation through ‘representation of space’ are affected due to materiality of culture and identity. Cultural commodification and labour market segmentation, as two modes of accumulation, are aided by segregation.

Keywords:   Walled city, Seelampur, commodification of space, culture, heritage, museums, discursive practices, Lefebvre, representation of space, materiality, accumulation, segregation, immobility of labour, labour market segmentation, manufacturing

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