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In this podcast Sociologist Amita Baviskar discusses her book Uncivil City: Ecology, Equity and the Commons in Delhi. This episode is an edited version of a live conversation on BIC Streams.
Cities are now habitat for most of humanity. But do they have the ecological capacity to sustain lives worth living? Amita talks about the environmental politics in Delhi, looking at the role of ‘bourgeois environmentalists’ who claim to speak for nature and society. How well have these cities addressed the challenge of sustainability with social justice? How can we create liveable cities and vibrant commons?
Amita Baviskar is a sociologist and, since 2017, Professor at the Sociology Unit, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, India. She received the 2005 Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contributions to Development Studies, the 2008 VKRV Rao Prize for Social Science Research and, in 2010, was awarded the Infosys Prize for Social Sciences – Sociology in recognition of her analysis of social and environmental movements in modern India. Baviskar studies the cultural politics of environment and development in rural and urban India.