Whose Knowledge Makes a City Smart? Exploring Conceptions of the Role of Knowledge in Urban Policy in Indore, India

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Abstract

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the need for greater participation of urban informal settlement dwellers in urban development. How this participation is envisioned, however, is influenced by how policy paradigms view such populations in relation to knowledge. How valuable is what they know? How relevant is their perspective to shaping policies? To explore these questions, this chapter analyses the limitations of the ways in which smart urbanism views the knowledge of the masses, using historical institutionalism as a perspective to trace the evolution of urban policy and its assumptions about knowledge in the context of Indore. It draws on a study undertaken by the Bahá'í Chair for Studies in Development to make visible how people resolve development issues through applying their own spiritual convictions and conceptions of wellbeing. It then discusses the implications this has for the way people’s knowledge is viewed in policy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReimagining Prosperity
Subtitle of host publicationSocial and Economic Development in Post-COVID India
EditorsA. Fazli, A. Kundu
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages305-334
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9789811971778
ISBN (Print)9789811971761
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Feb 2023

Keywords

  • Alternative smart urbanism
  • India
  • Informal settlements
  • Local knowledge
  • Participation
  • Policy paradigms
  • Spiritual principles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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