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Author Karim, Farhan,
Title Of greater dignity than riches : austerity & housing design in India / Farhan Karim.
Imprint Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2019]

Author Karim, Farhan,
Series Culture, politics, and the built environment.
Culture, politics, and the built environment.
Subject Low-income housing -- India -- History -- 20th century.
Dwellings -- India -- Design and construction -- History -- 20th century.
Urban poor -- Housing -- India -- History -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 28, 2019).
Contents Intro; Contents; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Imagining an Ideal Prototype House for Industrial Workers; 2. Exhibiting Development; 3. The Idea of an Ideal Village; 4. Architecture of the New Villages; 5. Appropriating Global Norms of Austerity; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary Extreme poverty, which intensified in India during colonial rule, peaked in the 1920s--after decades of imperialist exploitation, famine, and disease--a time when architects, engineers, and city authorities proposed a new type of housing for India's urban poor and industrial workers. As Farhan Karim argues, economic scarcity became a central inspiration for architectural modernism in the subcontinent. As India moved from colonial rule to independence, the Indian government, business entities, international NGOs, and intergovernmental agencies took major initiatives to modernize housing conditions and the domestic environment of the state's low-income population. Of Greater Dignity than Riches traces multiple international origins of austerity as an essential ingredient of postcolonial development. By prescribing model villages, communities, and ideal houses for the working class, this project of austerity eventually reduced poverty into a stylized architectural representation. In this rich and original study, Karim explains the postwar and postcolonial history of low-cost housing as an intertwined process of global transferences of knowledge, Cold War cultural politics, postcolonial nationalism, and the politics of economic development.
ISBN 9780822986546 (electronic book)
082298654X (electronic book)
OCLC # 1089964829
Additional Format Print version: 0822965690 9780822965695 (OCoLC)1050364055.

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