Colonial Space: Health and Modernity in Barabazaar, Kolkata

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Author(s)Beattie M
Publication type Article
JournalTraditional Dwelling and Settlements Review
Year2003
Volume14
Issue2
Pages7-19
ISSN (print)1050-2092
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This article investigates colonial attitudes towards disease in the indigenous parts of Kolkata, focusing on a market area called ‘Barabazaar.’ Through the health and planning reports produced by the British authorities, it explores the construction of the ‘urban history of Kolkata’ and the formation of an intertwined ‘Western’ narrative of health and modernity. Concluding I argue for a hybrid notion of modernity that offers ‘other’ possibilities, one which acknowledges the huge part played by the indigenous population in the urban history of Kolkata.
PublisherInternational Association for the Study of Traditional Environments
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