The Changing Urban and Education in Delhi : Privilege and Exclusion in a Megacity

This paper is an attempt to understand how education – especially in relation to children’s rights – is implicated in the changing urban. I focus on Delhi, India’s national capital and one of its ‘megacities’, and enquire into the implications of the city’s changing trajectory for the education of its children. Drawing on urban and educational scholarship on Delhi and an exploratory study of a new resettlement colony, I analyse how the transformation of city spaces has led to exclusion and privilege in education in complex ways. I argue that the socio-spatial polarizations that marked the city in the decades post independence created educational fault-lines long before the late 1990s – an era associated with the neo-liberal turn in India. Further, the urban restructuring that followed during the process of ‘world-class city-making’ compounded spatial and educational inequalities. I emphasize the urgency of research that is informed by a critical spatial perspective and foregrounds intersections between spatial, social, and educational inequalities.

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