• Hydraulic City: Water and the Infrastructures of Citizenship in Mumbai

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  • Preface: Water Stories  vii
    Acknowledgments  xi
    Introduction. Water Works  1
    Interlude. A City in the Sea  25
    1. Scare Cities  29
    Interlude. Fieldwork  61
    2. Settlement  65
    Interlude. Renewing Water  95
    3. Time Pé (On Time)  97
    Interlude. Flood  127
    4. Social Work  131
    Interlude. River/Sewer  159
    5. Leaks  161
    Interlude. Jharna (Spring)  191
    6. Disconnection  193
    Interlude. Miracles  219
    Conclusion  223
    Notes 239
    References  265
    Index  289

  • "Hydraulic City provides a riveting account of what water pipes do to political assertion, social identity, and individual life-worlds in a charismatic metropolis. Mumbai is a crowded cityscape for urban research, but this work finds a fresh-washed window for looking at the production and contestation of the liberal city. Pellucid writing makes a sparkling stream of this book where erudition, eloquence, and empathy combine for wonderful results: a landmark contribution to social anthropology and South Asian studies." — K. Sivaramakrishnan, Yale University

    "This beautifully written book is a major contribution to the growing scholarship on infrastructure, materiality, and humanity in anthropology and adjacent fields. Its major argument, which is anchored in the idea of hydraulic citizenship, will be most valuable for scholars of neoliberal and postcolonial states, of the maximum cities of the poorer parts of the world, and of the entanglement of technology and sociality in human life." — Arjun Appadurai, author of, The Future as Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition

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    In Hydraulic City Nikhil Anand explores the politics of Mumbai's water infrastructure to demonstrate how citizenship emerges through the continuous efforts to control, maintain, and manage the city's water. Through extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Mumbai's settlements, Anand found that Mumbai's water flows, not through a static collection of pipes and valves, but through a dynamic infrastructure built on the relations between residents, plumbers, politicians, engineers, and the 3,000 miles of pipe that bind them. In addition to distributing water, the public water network often reinforces social identities and the exclusion of marginalized groups, as only those actively recognized by city agencies receive legitimate water services. This form of recognition—what Anand calls "hydraulic citizenship"—is incremental, intermittent, and reversible. It provides residents an important access point through which they can make demands on the state for other public services such as sanitation and education. Tying the ways Mumbai's poorer residents are seen by the state to their historic, political, and material relations with water pipes, the book highlights the critical role infrastructures play in consolidating civic and social belonging in the city.

    About The Author(s)

    Nikhil Anand is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.
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