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      Listening into others: moralising the soundscapes in Delhi

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      International Development Planning Review
      Liverpool University Press
      soundscapes, noise, Delhi, slum-dwellers, listening, sensorial re-turn

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          Abstract

          Slums represent a tense moment in the urban fabric of Delhi. At the most fundamental level their position in the city is determined by their illegal occupation of state land; owing to this peculiar predicament, their entries into mainstream, legitimate network are limited, if not completely restricted, and they operate within an extensive network of informal economy and practices. In this article, drawing on ethnographic research conducted in a prominent slum-settlement in Delhi, India's capital city, I argue that a narrative of immorality has been systemically and systematically constructed to consider the position of slums and slum-dwellers in the city, such that their claims to (and rights in) the city are negotiated within an ‘informal-illegal-immoral’ matrix. I explore these negotiations through the politics of sound and more specifically the identification of sounds of and from certain spaces as 'noisy'. In this article I situate these negotiations in relation to what is termed as a sensorial re-turn in Delhi's urban planning policies and practices.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                idpr
                121627
                International Development Planning Review
                Liverpool University Press
                1474-6743
                1478-3401
                1 January 2012
                18 September 2012
                : 34
                : 4 ( otherID: JRR156333874 )
                : 391-408
                Affiliations
                [ 1 ] Tripta Chandola held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, National University of Singapore
                Article
                R278211541151417
                10.3828/idpr.2012.24
                9ef7406b-5367-4a7e-8181-5fcb04404ba6
                History

                Urban development,Urban design & Planning,Environmental management, Policy & Planning,Geography,Urban, Rural & Regional economics
                soundscapes,slum-dwellers,Delhi,noise,sensorial re-turn,listening

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