Where the Rural meets the Urban: A study of Rural-Urban Interfaces, Induced Urbanization and its Politics of space.

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Urbanization, the rapid urban growth and the enormous economy it can produce has always been a fascination, motto and a routine task for us, the planners, urban designers, government and so on. We have explored its ultimate ways to get urbanized and grow, but always was at a cost of something else. The neoliberal ideologies, open markets, capital, profit, demand, supply and their urge to get urbanized and comodified has uprooted many phenomenological links of human-nature relationship or at least it has deviated from the normal. Within a single life time, agriculture the original basis of civilization, has lost its dominance in nation after nation (Tofler.A,1971).Once the life line, these villages and the farm lands got mutated into urban villages and cities. Some of these changes were gradual but some were abrupt which lead to exclusion and disparities at a higher degree. Urbanization, urban growth and its exclusionary ways to achieve its capital oriented goals has led to disparity and segregation in all realms of life. Looking at the system and its way of doing/ manipulating things brings up primary concerns quality of life, human-nature connections, utilization of resources and lifestyle mutations. The accelerating rate in the use of resources and consumption is not hinting towards a bright and sustainable future. Understanding the existing system, its interests and its nature of doing/ manipulating things doesn’t even give any hope to the present and is skeptical about the future. But here the underlying question is not so much about functioning of this neoliberal system but of ‘those’ and ‘them’ who come under its manipulative politics (Eagleton.T,2011). Urban- Rural interface; a complex concept which is mainly aimed in optimizing the ties between urban environment and rural environment. It can be in the context of urban growth, sprawl, shadow effect of urban economy, consumption patterns or life style spill over etc. This paper aims to look deeply into these dynamics of urban and rural life, their behavior patterns, built environment, territorial ties etc., and to analyze the various meanings, connections and dependencies within and between the two. As an outcome of these attained understanding of these two realms we analyze the scenarios where the rural meets the urban, various meanings of the urban-rural interface/ intersections and the mechanisms that give its functional nature and meaning. Further detailing into this functional nature and its meaning will give us directions to appropriate (Lefebvre.H, 1991) this undefined realm in between. The paper tries to find out through a phenomenological approach and ethnographic research methods, why abrupt changes in rural urban definitions brings about marginalization, displacement (both physical and psychological) and livelihood disturbances. The paper tries to draw a polemic on the idea of induced urbanization and its impact on urban-rural systems in developing countries like India through specific examples.
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ISO581
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Research Associate
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Dirshti Center for Urban Research, Kochi, Kerala, India
Research Associate
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Dirshti Center For Urban Research, Kochi, Kerala, India
manager- urban projects
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Nael General Group

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