Muslims in Indian cities: Degrees of segregation and the elusive ghetto

Authored by Raphael Susewind, this paper aims to deconstruct the idea of ‘ghettoization’ of the Muslim community within 11 Indian cities, namely Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Aligarh, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Delhi, Cuttack, Kozhikode and Bangalore. By using novel quantitative estimates of religious demography within these cities, the author emphasizes the need to distinguish between voluntary and forced clustering, and questions the very conceptualization of ‘segregation’ to be denoted by ‘extent’ of separation. The author poignantly raises the questions- is an extent of segregation all it takes for the formation of a ghetto? Is the actual extent of ‘mixing’ between varied groups evidence of them truly mixing and interacting? Read the full research article here:

Source: Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, SAGE Journals

Author: Raphael Susewind