Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs
My research investigates 'fixers' who have been for years, instrumental in 'fixing' the city of Mumbai by mobilizing varying politics at different positions with one of the largest bureaucratic state apparatuses—the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. Rejecting normative black and white accounts of state action in India, I claim that it is the 'fixers' operating in the space of the local state who are key makers of the Indian city. My ethnographic research is motivated the by two broad questions of: How do these key fixers mold state space to settle and unsettle the city of Mumbai? How does the changing space of the state in Mumbai in which these local fixers reside influence ways in which the city of Mumbai is produced? To conduct a multiscalar and multisited ethnography of informal brokerage in Mumbai, I follow the translation of the spatial plan called the 'development plan' as it moves through the levels of bureaucracy and interacts with these key 'fixers' that I have identified during my research.
Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai, MH)
Banerji, Sangeeta. (June, 2011) “Role of Megaprojects in Making of a World Class City: The Case of Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project in Ahmedabad.” Tata Institute of Social Sciences. DSpace.
Banerji, Sangeeta. (Forthcoming, May 2021) “Shazia: Proof maker” in Bombay Brokers: Ethnography in the Global Interregnum. Edited by Lisa Björkman. Duke University Press.
Banerji, Sangeeta. (Under review). “Field of Fixing: Following the follow-up boys in the Urban Bureaucracy of Mumbai.” Political Geography. (April 2020)
Banerji, Sangeeta. (Under review). “Māṇḍavlī: Negotiating with Digital Governance in Mumbai.” Urban Geography. (August 2020)
Banerji, Sangeeta. (In preparation). “At the Tracers’ station: Ethnographically studying the Bureaucratic State Apparatus.” Geoforum. (September 2020)
Banerji, Sangeeta (In preparation). “Struggling in Bhim Nagar: Fixing Infrastructure-Induced Displacement and Enclosure of Non-privatized land.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. (October 2020)