City and community: Melbourne to Delhi

In this book on communities in cities ranging from Melbourne to Delhi, we write of people’s lived experience of cities. We investigate the formation, re-formation and dissolution of this sense of community in such cities as they deal with rural-urban and international migration, an emergent national identity and global forces that shape work and social institutions. Community is articulated in different ways in varied contexts in these cities. This grounded approach reveals possible disjunctures between the concept of community as perceived in the academic literature, in policy and the way people speak about and practise community.  We ask:

  • How do people search for a sense of belonging in cities from Delhi to Melbourne?
  • How does our concept of community change when viewed in different contexts in city life, ranging from marginalization, homelessness and migration?
  • What is new about the nature of community in the twenty-first century? What are the conceptions, metaphors, stories and myths that represent community effectively?
  • What is the emerging picture of cities as they deal with rural-urban migration, a top-down picture of national identity and the global context of family and work?
Start By 1 March 2011
Completed By 30 April 2013
Funding Funded through the Community Sustainability Program

Outcomes Publishers are confirmed

Researcher(s) Chris Chamberlain, Val Colic-Peisker, Partha Ghosh (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Catherine Gomes, Siri Hettige (University of Colombo), Martin Mulligan, Yaso Nadarajah, Peter Phipps, Supriya Singh
Program Community, Migration and Development
Location(s) Colombo – Sri Lanka
Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia
New Delhi – India
Port Moresby – Papua New Guinea