A Place for Utopia: Urban Designs from South Asia

A Place for Utopia: Urban Designs from South Asia

by Smriti Srinivas

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ISBN-13: 9780295997384
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 10/07/2015
Series: Global South Asia Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Smriti Srinivas is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of Landscapes of Urban Memory: The Sacred and the Civic in India’s High-Tech City; In the Presence of Sai Baba: Body, City, and Memory in a Global Religious Movement; and The Mouths of People, The Voice of God: Buddhists and Muslims in the Frontier Commuinty of Ladakh.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction | Placing Timelines1. Biocentric Eutopias in South Asia2. Ecotopias, Theosophy, and the South Indian City3. Utopian Settlements and Californian Vedanta4. Highways, Thresholds, and an Indian New AgeConclusion | Designing and Dwelling in Place

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AbdouMaliq Simone

A Place for Utopia digs deep into an archive that details the intricate circuitries of ideas, projects, and institutions affiliated with critical strands of somatic practices and spiritual thought largely centered on and in India. This is a unique book in contemporary urban studies.

William J. Glover

Srinivas establishes historical and intellectual linkages among an astonishing array of ideas and practices that nevertheless shared a focus in common: the development and furtherance of spiritual capacities amidst the tumult of urban life. This book underscores the breadth and durability of an under-appreciated intellectual tradition within modern urban thought—one that might broadly be called organicism—by placing it within a transnational religious frame. A truly engaging read.

Mary Hancock

A Place for Utopia's effort to engage religiosity as a foundational force is significant. And, although there is a vast literature in humanities and social sciences on utopic forms and their realizations, past and present, this book is distinctive in its breadth and in its transcultural scope.

Joseph Alter

A work of deep and prescient intellectual insight, Srinivas focuses on the question of how utopias are produced and experienced in practice and the imagination. She artfully weaves together a set of fascinating questions about the place of the future in the present, challenging us to think critically about how the body, urban environments, and religious experience are at once grounded in the reality of everyday life and how they transform this reality by anticipating the possibility of transcendence.

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"A Place for Utopia's effort to engage religiosity as a foundational force is significant. And, although there is a vast literature in humanities and social sciences on utopic forms and their realizations, past and present, this book is distinctive in its breadth and in its transcultural scope."—Mary Hancock, author of Politics of Heritage from Madras to Chennai

"A Place for Utopia digs deep into an archive that details the intricate circuitries of ideas, projects, and institutions affiliated with critical strands of somatic practices and spiritual thought largely centered on and in India. This is a unique book in contemporary urban studies."—AbdouMaliq Simone, author of Jakarta: Drawing the City Near

"Srinivas establishes historical and intellectual linkages among an astonishing array of ideas and practices that nevertheless shared a focus in common: the development and furtherance of spiritual capacities amidst the tumult of urban life. This book underscores the breadth and durability of an under-appreciated intellectual tradition within modern urban thought—one that might broadly be called organicism—by placing it within a transnational religious frame. A truly engaging read."—William J. Glover, author of Making Lahore Modern: Constructing and Imagining a Colonial City

"A work of deep and prescient intellectual insight, Srinivas focuses on the question of how utopias are produced and experienced in practice and the imagination. She artfully weaves together a set of fascinating questions about the place of the future in the present, challenging us to think critically about how the body, urban environments, and religious experience are at once grounded in the reality of everyday life and how they transform this reality by anticipating the possibility of transcendence."—Joseph Alter, Yale-NUS College

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