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The intimate city: violence, gender and ordinary life in Delhi slums

Datta, A; (2016) The intimate city: violence, gender and ordinary life in Delhi slums. Urban Geography , 37 (3) pp. 323-342. 10.1080/02723638.2015.1096073. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper I argue for an expansion of the horizons of urban geography through a notion of the intimate city. I focus on the slum as a space where the violence of an exclusionary city is woven into its intimate material and social conditions, but where this violence is also domesticated and rendered as part of the everyday. I illustrate through three stories of intimate lives of slum women that everyday life in the slum requires the production of (1) an urban subject who shows agency not by resisting but by living with intimate violence; (2) an urban subjectivity involved in acquiring knowledge of one’s bodily terrain in order to limit this violence; and (3) an urban citizenship that argues for a “right to intimacy” as a way to claim a right to the city. This paper calls for a recasting of the public/private divide in urban geography in order to understand how violence circulates through and contravenes the boundaries of public/private, city/slum, tradition/modernity.

Type: Article
Title: The intimate city: violence, gender and ordinary life in Delhi slums
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2015.1096073
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2015.1096073
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: slums; gender violence; intimate city; urban citizenship; India
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10134937
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