Multiplexes, corporatised leisure and the geography of opportunity in India

Hill, Douglas and Athique, Adrian (2013) Multiplexes, corporatised leisure and the geography of opportunity in India. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 14 4: 600-614. doi:10.1080/14649373.2013.831198

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Author Hill, Douglas
Athique, Adrian
Title Multiplexes, corporatised leisure and the geography of opportunity in India
Journal name Inter-Asia Cultural Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1464-9373
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14649373.2013.831198
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 14
Issue 4
Start page 600
End page 614
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract While earlier cinemas were built in response to growing urban populations during the twentieth century, the first wave of multiplexes in India were built in anticipation of future wealth. In recent years, multiplex developments have been targeting various areas identified for growth in the urban redevelopment plans now being adopted across India, anticipating a larger "consuming class" spreading beyond existing pockets of affluence and occupying suburban and satellite townships in what were until recently brown and greenfield sites. Exclusive leisure facilities such as the multiplex illustrate the growing socio-spatial segregation in Indian cities, and suggest the ways the consuming classes are transforming urban space in their own image. As such, while the significance of the multiplex to cultural perspectives in the "New India" is widely noted, they also illustrate much broader issues of the political economy of India that are almost never discussed in the same breath as cinema, including taxation and investment, environmental management and the politics of land zoning and land acquisition. © 2013
Keyword Urban
Middle classes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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