Urbanization, Rural Mobility, and New Class Relations in Darjeeling, India
Trent Brown, Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase, Timothy J Scrase
CRITICAL ASIAN STUDIES | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2016
ABSTRACT: Throughout the developing world, rapid urbanization is leading to new social relations and new conflicts between urban and (formerly) rural populations. This paper examines this process of change through a detailed examination of changing rural–urban relations in the town of Darjeeling, in the Himalayan foothills in Eastern India. In Darjeeling, increased rural mobility, accelerated rural-to-urban migration and the increased participation of rural people in local politics have led to major changes in the town. We demonstrate that the upward trajectory of rural classes who were previously subordinate is leading the more established urban residents to feel threatened, resulting in a ..View full abstract
Awarded by Australia Research Council
This research was a result of an Australia Research Council funded project titled: "Contingent Development in Regional India: Ethnographies of Neoliberal Globalization in Gujarat and West Bengal" led by Professors Tim Scrase, Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase and Mario Rutten [grant number DP120101129].