Cities as Communicative Change Agents
Edited By erin daina mcclellan, Yongjun Shin and Curry Chandler
7. Gentrification of Lavale: Changing Spatiality and the Making of a Rural-Urban Complex: SHUBHDA ARORA, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, LUCKNOW, INDIA, JUHI JOTWANI, FOUNDATION FOR LIBERAL AND MANAGEMENT EDUCATION (FLAME) UNIVERSITY, INDIA & PRACHITI MANE, FOUNDATION FOR LIBERAL AND MANAGEMENT EDUCATION (FLAME) UNIVERSITY, INDIA
7. Gentrification of Lavale: Changing Spatiality and the Making of a Rural-Urban Complex
SHUBHDA ARORA, JUHI JOTWANI & PRACHITI MANE
Lavale, a village in Mulshi Taluka, is a biodiverse and ecologically sensitive region situated along the western ghats of India. The village is currently in a state of transition, where rural farming communities and hyper-capitalist establishments coexist and have led to an ecosystem that is continuously in flux. This chapter explores local narratives of different communities in Lavale, who experience this spatiality on a daily basis to understand changing discourses on development and environment. Lavale exists in an in-betweenness, where different communities interact with each other as well as with their changing environment in myriad ways. Since the ownership of land and property is dependent on community and caste affiliations, Lavale is extremely stratified and ghettoized. Given this context, this chapter discusses three broad themes, (a) spatial boundaries and access; (b) rural-urban complex; and (c) employment and development discourses. This qualitative study examines the experiences of different local communities and their processes of acceptance, adoption, assimilation, rejection, resistance, or indifference to the changing ecology and urbanization of the area. Therefore, this study explores intersectionalities and contributes to urban sociology and communication studies.
Keywords: gentrification, rural-urban complex, hybrid spatiality, urbanization, Western Ghats of India, development discourses, local ecology, ghettoisation
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