This volume, third in the series on Bombay, is about contemporary Mumbai or, as it was known for most of its existence, Bombay. The change in the nomenclature of the city, which is an offspring of a political decision taken by the Shiv Sena-BJP coalition government of Maharashtra in 1995 and reflected usage in the city"s two major languages - Marathi and Gujarati. Does this change coincide with the transition of Bombay to a great mega city which has qualitative differences from the former and smaller city? Has Bombay become a post-modern global city? This is the underlying thread of enquiry, which links the papers in the volume and their author"s concerns in treating a great variety of subjects and issues. Collectively the papers present a distinctive view of Mumbai. They are interpretations of scholars, commentators, and activists of what Bombay has become. In the first part, Changing City Faces, the two editors provide their own perspectives on how the city can b e viewed. In the second section, Surviving and Living, the focus is on whether the city has improved living standards and quality of life.
The third section, Contention and Conflict, looks at the consequences of social fragmentation. And the final section, Imaging the Real, explores the close links of the city with Bollywood.
PREFACE ; PART 1 & ; CHANGING CITY FACES: CH. 1 BOMBAY AND MUMBAI, IDENTITIES, POLITICS AND POPULISM ; CH. 2 DEFINING MOMENTS/DEFINING EVENTS: COMMONALITIES OF URBAN LIFE ; PART 2 & ; SURVIVING AND LIVING: CH. 3 WORK, WAGES, AND WELL-BEING: 1950S AND1990S ; CH. 4 ASPECTS OF POVERTY AND LIVING STANDARDS ; CH. 5 HOSPITALS AND CITY HEALTH ; PART 3 & ; CONTENTIONS AND CONFLICTS: CH. 6 EMANCIPATION AND DALIT POLITICS ; CH. 7 POLITICS OF LOCALITY, COMMUNITY, AND MARGINALIZATION ; CH. 8 IN SEARCH OF SHELTER: THE POLITICS OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE URBAN LAND (CEILING AND REGULATION) ACT OF 1976 IN GREATER MUMBAI ; CH. 9 SLUMS: THE CONTINUING STRUGGLE FOR HOUSING ; CH. 10 & ; MY AREA, YOUR AREA& ; : HOW RIOTS CHANGED THE CITY ; PART 4 & ; IMAGING THE REAL: CH 11TINSEL TOWN: FROM STUDIOS TO INDUSTRY, CH 12 SATYA& ; S MUMBAI, MUMBAI& ; S SATYA ; CONTRIBUTORS, INDEX