NURC 2014 – Urbanization and its Discontents

Third session of the National Undergraduate Research Conference 2014, held in MCPH on January 26th and 27th.


Priyanka Patni

Examining Increasing Passivity in Urban Spaces

The increased passivity is observed in bystanders, in response to situations that require rapid moral evaluation and action. Although it is not legally a crime per se, it raises some ethical concerns about his/her moral conscience and responsibility towards fellow living beings. This paper tries to explore how urbanization is somehow responsible for the passive behavioral trend. The paper gives various arguments based on Georg Simmel’s views on overstimulation due to information overload, Marx’s Alienation and Weber’s Rationalization, all of it resulting in passivity. The paper concludes with the concept of ‘Flaneur,’ coined by Charles Baudelaire, and how this term has undergone a change in its meaning from the one who is a passionate stroller, and seeks pleasure by observing urban structure and lifestyle, to one who is merely a passive spectator and no more a moral agent.



Mukund Jha

Urbanization and Ghettoization

Cities are not natural constructs. Spaces in cities have a special significance similar to what they possess in an English sentence. Spaces have a sense of segregation and help in creating and distinguishing between two entities. With the spectacle of naturalism, we have often overlooked the segregation between various identities in an urban setup. The paper here tries to remove the spectacles of naturalism and attempts to drive home the point that cities are centre of crises. Using the works of Wacquant and Sassen, an attempt has been made to see how the modern environment works to separate people and maintains order/disorder in the society.



Stephen Anurag

Vishakapatnam and Urbanization

Urbanization is not a contemporary ideology. It had evolved since man invented the wheel. History clearly explains that urbanization was in progress since man started innovating tools. Urbanization is the growth of urban areas, by rural migration. The UN projected that half of the world’s population would live in urban areas at the end of 2013. This endangers the life and liberty of villages in the country side. In the context of India, the peaceful and traditional-based villages might get affected by the rapid growth of cities. In modern India, the main cause of growth in urbanization is due to improper facilities in rural areas. My paper describes urbanization in the world and its concerns in Visakhapatnam, in the context of globalization.



Jesno John

Urbanization and its Discontents: Overview

Abstract coming soon.


Q&A Session



Koninika Roy

E-Justice League: Women-led Grievance Redressal Online

Women need the autonomy to discuss issues of sexual harassment and the freedom to seek justice. “Justice” may have unconventional meanings, as the work of online activists reveals – some women have shunned silence and taken action. This paper aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the online sphere as a method of creating a targeted backlash. By surveying women from the age of 16 upwards, I understood their willingness to seek justice against crimes aimed at them, by clicking and posting pictures of the perpetrator online, writing blog posts, putting up Facebook statuses or making YouTube videos. Are these methods effective in preventing potential attacks and assaults, or changing the mind-set of people?



Sagar Panchamukhi

Accommodation of Migrant Population into an Urban Space: a Case Study in Bangalore

Migration as a phenomenon has existed for ages and has many different meanings attached to it. In the context of a nation, state and cultural communities, migration has become a way in which the entity views itself. Migrants have started forming a significant part in the community. Migration is triggered by various social, cultural and economic aspects. It gives rise to hostile feelings within the communities. This paper addresses the causes of migration and attempts to seek ways in which socio-cultural accommodation of the migrant population can take place in a globalized scenario like Bangalore.



Shilpa Nagaraj

Changing Names of Streets in Bangalore

A space is defined by the identity given to it, so the act of naming is a process of strengthening that identity. In Bangalore, street names are changed with every major change in political and socio-cultural ideology. One can trace how it is used as a tool for the reconstruction of a history and the presence of ideological hegemony. Naming roads has always been a controversial issue, often said to be hurting the sentiments of any particular ethnic, communal or religious group. From the birth of Bangalore there are changing trends in naming the roads, which can be divided into phases.



Simran Rana

Flushed Out: Inadequate Public Toilets for Women in Mumbai

In a city with a population of over 18 million, there are 2849 free public urinals for men while none for women. Unable to access public toilets, women cannot change their sanitary napkins, which increases their risk of bladder infections, causing reproductive tract infections and cystitis. Though the use of public toilets should be free, women have to pay up to Rs. 10 and wait in queues to make use of these facilities. Through the use of a survey of 42 female respondents aged 12 and above, the pressing need for more and better sanitation facilities and the grievances that women face due to their absence is highlighted.



Parikshith Shashikumar

The Thematic Analysis of Gotham City

Abstract coming soon.


Q&A Session




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