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Installing automobility : emerging politics of mobility and streets in Indian cities / Govind Gopakumar.

By: Gopakumar, Govind [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Urban and industrial environments.Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, 2020Description: xvi, 291 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780262538916 (pbk.).Subject(s): Transportation, Automotive -- Social aspects -- India -- Bangalore | Automobiles -- Social aspects -- India -- Bangalore | Traffic congestion -- India -- Bangalore -- History | Urban transportation policy -- India -- Bangalore | City planning -- India -- Bangalore | Sustainable urban development -- India -- BangaloreDDC classification: 303.4832095487 GOP
Contents:
Installing automobility in Bengaluru -- Locating congestion in Bengaluru -- Regime of congestion -- Infrastructures of privilege -- Automotive citizenship -- Shabby automobility -- Displacing automobility.
Summary: "Automobiles are deeply embedded in Western cities. However, what's more significant is their rapidly growing presence in the megacities of the Global South. Scenes of streets choked with private vehicles are now a daily occurrence in many metropolises. Despite this, current scholarship has not adequately appreciated the significance of this shift toward driving. Prioritizing private motorized transport has a lasting impact on upon cities, and the decisions that establish that priority have gone largely underexamined. This book fills this gap by describing the introduction of the phenomenon of automobility in Bengaluru (a rapidly growing metropolis of about 10M people in southern India) that is rooted in historical experience and in the spatial, technological, and social interventions of a range of urban actors. The imbrication of these different facets, says Gopakumar, gives automobility its juggernaut-like quality that threatens to reorder the city for enhanced automotive travel. At the same time, he demonstrates that the edifice of automobility in Bengaluru is not a monolith but is a contingent achievement that is susceptible to continuous grinding down. Making novel connections between the fields of mobility studies, STS, and urban and environmental studies, this book offers important insights to scholars who recognize that streets are central to urban sustainability and equity, and that recovering streets from the grip of automobility could have large environmental and social benefits"--
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Installing automobility in Bengaluru -- Locating congestion in Bengaluru -- Regime of congestion -- Infrastructures of privilege -- Automotive citizenship -- Shabby automobility -- Displacing automobility.

"Automobiles are deeply embedded in Western cities. However, what's more significant is their rapidly growing presence in the megacities of the Global South. Scenes of streets choked with private vehicles are now a daily occurrence in many metropolises. Despite this, current scholarship has not adequately appreciated the significance of this shift toward driving. Prioritizing private motorized transport has a lasting impact on upon cities, and the decisions that establish that priority have gone largely underexamined. This book fills this gap by describing the introduction of the phenomenon of automobility in Bengaluru (a rapidly growing metropolis of about 10M people in southern India) that is rooted in historical experience and in the spatial, technological, and social interventions of a range of urban actors. The imbrication of these different facets, says Gopakumar, gives automobility its juggernaut-like quality that threatens to reorder the city for enhanced automotive travel. At the same time, he demonstrates that the edifice of automobility in Bengaluru is not a monolith but is a contingent achievement that is susceptible to continuous grinding down. Making novel connections between the fields of mobility studies, STS, and urban and environmental studies, this book offers important insights to scholars who recognize that streets are central to urban sustainability and equity, and that recovering streets from the grip of automobility could have large environmental and social benefits"--

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