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Informal production of the city: Momos, migrants, and an urban village in Delhi

Palat Narayanan, Nipesh ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9879-7702 et Véron, René (2018). Informal production of the city: Momos, migrants, and an urban village in Delhi Environment and Planning D: Society and Space , vol. 36 , nº 6. pp. 1026-1044. DOI: 10.1177/0263775818771695.

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This paper attempts to understand the production of the city through informality. In particular, informal practices related to the momo (dumpling) industry, concentrated in the “urban village” of Chirag Dilli, are analysed in their dialectic relationship with formal planning and legislation in Delhi. We use a Lefebvrian framework that views city-making as an interaction of formal representations in the form of master plans, etc., informal and formal spatial practices (including momo production and living patterns) and representational (imagined) spaces related to neighbourhoods and the city. Drawing on primary qualitative data, we examine how informality informed the formal planning. The uneven application of state legislation, in turn, fostered particular informal practices (such as momo manufacturing) and the emergence of a distinct urban morphology and of new cohabitation practices. The informal momo industry also altered the representational associations made with both the Chirag Dilli neighbourhood and the city of Delhi. The paper shows how informal practices constantly interact with formal frameworks to co-produce urban space and consequently the city. We argue that informal practices are not necessarily in conflict with formal planning or subverting it, but that they play a central role in their own right for the production of space.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: Développement urbain; pratique informelle; aménagement urbain; espace de production; Delhi
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 17 mars 2023 19:30
Dernière modification: 17 mars 2023 19:30
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/13225

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