Today, the University simultaneously touts nearing its fundraising goal of $5 billion for real estate acquisition and campus expansion into Manhattanville. The expansion, while in part in the name of research, has also been executed with the promise of local employment for West Harlem. While presenting itself as a job machine for New York City, Columbia must also demonstrate it is capable of producing jobs worth having.
Unusually strong editorial in the Columbia Spectator, addressing Columbia’s recent attempts to cut benefits for unionized workers. By Elliott Grieco, published March 6.
Some footage from last Wednesday’s labor rally, March 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LdoIMSEOCw&feature=youtu.be
This form of deep democracy, the vertical fulcrum of a democracy without borders, cannot be assumed to be automatic, easy, or immune to setbacks. […] For those concerned with poverty and citizenship, we can begin by recalling that one crucial condition of possibility for deep democracy is the ability to meet emergency with patience.Now reading Deep Democracy: Urban Governmentality and the Horizon of Politics by Arjun Appadurai. The essay examines an Alliance between three organizations led by Mumbai slum-dwellers, offering compelling reflections on federation, patience, the “politics of shit,” and other facets of urban resistance under a globalized economy. In Public Culture 14 (1), 2002. download pdf
Wonders of colonial knowledge production. First installment.
Selections from the 1921 census of Bombay city: distribution of beggars and prostitutes. (click to zoom)
Prof. Sanjoy Chakravorty (Temple University)
Tuesday, March 6 from 1:15 - 2:30 p.m. in 114 Avery @ Columbia University
Land acquisition for industry and infrastructure has become a source of major conflict and political upheaval in the last half decade in India. Some believe this is the biggest problem in India’s development and growth path. A massive new land acquisition bill has been devised to handle the crisis. Why is this happening now, after six decades of independence and sixty million lives disrupted by land acquisition for development? The key is the price of land, which is determined by the land market and its underlying institutions: laws, norms, and information systems. Prof. Chakravorty argues that the ongoing conflicts signal fundamental changes in the land market, driven by fundamental institutional changes, especially in information systems. New information agents (civil society and political parties) and new media (TV in particular) have eroded the information asymmetries that sustained earlier land acquisition practices. The argument is illustrated with data on conflicts and land prices.
Light refreshments will be served.
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