Urban Social Spaces: Adeeb & Adda


Sarah Waheed, “Bombay and the Adeeb: Exploring Spaces of Sociability amongst Urdu Intellectuals, 1899-1965” (draft chapter of dissertation in the Department of History, Tufts University).


Walter Benjamin, “Berlin Chronicle”

Ismat Chugtai, “Bombay to Bhopal”

Saadat Hasan Manto, “Ismat Chugtai”

Georg Simmel, “The Metropolis and Mental Life”

Sudipta Kaviraj, “In Search of Civil Society” in Indira Chandrashekhar and Peter C. Seel, eds., Body.city: Siting Contemporary Culture in India (Berlin / Delhi: Haus der Kulturen der Welt / Tulika Books, 2003).

David Frisby, Cityscapes of Modernity, London: Polity Press, 2002, ch.1 (The Flaneur in Social Theory), ch. 3 (Georg Simmel’s Metropolis), ch. 4 (Vienna is not Berlin), ch. 5 (Otto Wagner & Vienna), ch. 6 (Social Theory, the Metropolis and Expressionism).

Siegfried Kracauer, The Mass Ornament: Weimar Essays, Thomas Levin, ed., trans., Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995.

The Street in South Asia


Nikhil Rao, “The Bourgeois Street in Bombay” (from dissertation in the Department of History, University of Chicago).

Sudipta Kaviraj, “Filth and the Public Sphere: Concepts and Practices about Space in Calcutta”, Public Culture vol.10, no.1 (1997) pp.83-113.

Kevin Lynch, The Image of the City (1960) and Appendices to The Image of the City (1960), Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002.

Michel de Certeau, “Spatial Practices” and “Walking in the City” in The Practice of Everyday Life, trans. Steven Rendall, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994, pp.91-130.