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Colonial Space: Health and Modernity in Barabazaar, Kolkata

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Martin Beattie

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Abstract

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.


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Author(s): Beattie M

Publication type: Article

Journal: Traditional Dwelling and Settlements Review

Year: 2003

Volume: 14

Issue: 2

Pages: 7-19

ISSN (print): 1050-2092

Publisher: International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments


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