Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Sangeeta Banerji

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs
Summer Fellow 2022
Project Title: Fixing Mumbai

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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.