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The Neighborhood of Gods: The Sacred and the Visible at the Margins of Mumbai

William Elison


Mumbai is not usually considered a holy city. Yet for many, if not most, people who live there, the neighborhood streets are shared with local gods and guardian spirits. This innovative ethnography examines the link between territory and divinity in India’s most self-consciously modern city. In this densely settled urban environment, where over half the population lives in unauthorized housing, or "slums," space is scarce and anxiety about housing pervasive. Consecrating space—first with impromptu displays and then, eventually, with full-blown temples and official recognition—is one way of sta ... More

Keywords: Mumbai, Hinduism, Bollywood, adivasi, slum, postcolonial, subaltern, shrine, darshan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226494876
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226495064.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Elison, author
University of California, Santa Barbara