SANGEETA BANERJI, then a graduate student at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, received funding in October 2017 to aid research on 'Fixing (in) Mumbai: An Ethnography of Brokerage within the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai,' supervised by Dr. Asher Ghertner. This project investigates 'fixers' who have been for years, instrumental in 'fixing' the city of Mumbai by mobilizing varying politics at within one of the largest bureaucratic state apparatuses in South Asia: the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. Rejecting normative black and white accounts of state action in India, the research finds that it is the 'fixers' operating in the space of the local state, who are key makers of the Indian city. This ethnographic project is motivated by the two broad questions of: How is it that these key 'fixers' mold the space of the state to settle and unsettle the city of Mumbai? And how the changing space of the state in Mumbai in which these fixers reside, influences the ways in which the city of Mumbai is produced? Results indicate that each of these key fixers though located at very different junctures in the local state serve at gatekeepers to different processes but are inherently linked in the way that each are instrumental in producing the city in one way or the other.
Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
Banerji, Sangeeta, Rutgers U., New Brunswick, NJ - To aid research on 'Fixing (in) Mumbai: An Ethnography of Brokerage within the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai,' supervised by Dr. Asher Ghertner