Member Publication

Sheetal Chhabria's picture

Dear Colleagues,

I hope everyone is as safe as can be and prepared for what will likely be a challenging upcoming academic year for so many reasons.

I am writing now to somewhat belatedly announce the publication of my first book, Making the Modern Slum: The Power of Capital in Colonial Bombay (U of Washington Press, Dec 2019). My book locates the origins of Bombay’s now infamous “slum problem” in the broader histories of colonialism and capitalism. It shows how the wellbeing of the city–rather than of its people–became an increasingly urgent goal of government by the early 20th century, serving to position agrarian distress, famished migrants, and the laboring poor as threats to be contained or excluded. More information can be found on the press' website:  (discount code: WST30 for 30%)

Best wishes,