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Claiming the City: Protest, Crime, and Scandals in Colonial Calcutta, c. 1860-1920

Anindita Ghosh


As the administrative and commercial capital of British India and as one of the earliest experiments in modern urbanization in the sub-continent, Calcutta proved enormously challenging to both its residents and its architects. In this imaginative study of colonial Calcutta, Anindita Ghosh charts the history of its urbanization from below—in its streets, strikes, and popular urban cultures. Claiming the City offers a close-up view of the city’s underbelly by drawing in a range of non-archival sources—from illustrations and amateur photographs to street songs, local histories, and memoirs—which ... More

Keywords: protests, Calcutta, urban space, technology, riots, popular culture, crime, British India, urbanization, street songs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199464791
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464791.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anindita Ghosh, author
Senior Lecturer, The School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures, University of Manchester, UK.