Max-Weber-Kolleg Religion, Society, and World Relations Knowledge, Spaces, and Media Research

Urban property regimes and citizenship in transition. Changing ownership patterns and systems of relatedness in India

Subproject in the SFB TRR294 "Structural Change of Property". The study seeks to harness the explicatory power of property for understanding the shifting societal systems and their underlying normative frameworks in post-liberalised India.

01/2021 - 12/2024

Project management

Prof. Dr. Martin Fuchs
Fellow / Holder of the Professorship for Indian Religious History (Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies)
Prof. Dr. Beatrice Renzi
Junior Fellow / Inhaberin der Juniorprofessur für Anthropologie und Religion Südasiens (Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies)

Main project

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Rising rates of urbanisation and informalisation of the labour force have turned property regimes in India into contested battlegrounds over livelihoods, resources and space. Differential access to property is interlinked with the appropriation and mobilisation of other resources, including marriage alliances, the extraction of monopoly rent as well as the availability of bank accounts and credit cards.

Thus, property relations not only pertain to capital accumulation, but also to the legitimisation of citizenship and democratic rights defined along intersecting caste, class, religion and gender asymmetries.