Cultivating Livability

Cultivating Livability

Food, Class, and the Urban Future in Bengaluru

Camille Frazier

What urban food networks reveal about middle class livability in times of transformation

224 Pages, 6 x 9 in

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  • Published: May 21, 2024
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Cultivating Livability

Food, Class, and the Urban Future in Bengaluru

Camille Frazier

ISBN: 9781517914998

Publication date: May 21st, 2024

224 Pages

18 black and white illustrations

8 x 5

What urban food networks reveal about middle class livability in times of transformation

In recent years, the concept of “livability” has captured the global imagination, influencing discussions about the implications of climate change on human life and inspiring rankings of “most livable cities” in popular publications. But what really makes for a livable life, and for whom?

 

Cultivating Livability takes Bengaluru, India, as a case study—a city that is alternately described as India’s most and least livable megacity, where rapid transformation is undergirded by inequalities evident in the food networks connecting peri-urban farmers and the middle-class public. Anthropologist Camille Frazier probes the meaning of “livability” in Bengaluru through ethnographic work among producers and consumers, corporate intermediaries and urban information technology professionals.

 

Examining the varying efforts to reconfigure processes of food production, distribution, retail, and consumption, she reveals how these intersections are often rooted in and exacerbate ongoing forms of disenfranchisement that privilege some lives at the expense of others.

Camille Frazier is assistant professor of anthropology at Clarkson University.