Governance configurations of growth corridors in Chennai and Durban

Shazade Jameson, Aurélie Varrel, Dianne Scott, Catherine Sutherland

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu, India) and Durban (Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa) have both used growth corridors to support their dominant political and economic roles within their state or province and consolidate their position as regional hubs. These corridors are particular types of space that are ‘produced’ in order to drive economic growth and urban development. Giving expression to broader urban development strategies, they result from the coming together of actor networks, discourses, knowledge and materialities within a particular space. This chapter uses economic growth corridors as a lens to explore the coming together of interconnections that produce the city, which are interesting precisely because they are not representative of the entire city. More broadly, we focus on the urban governance configurations of growth corridors in both Chennai and Durban and compare the processes of megaproject development as a conceptual entrypoint to reflect on the ways in which fast growing, port-industrial cities are being (re-)invented. This chapter explores the very different configurations within the two cities that are nonetheless producing broadly similar outcomes with similar genealogies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChance2Sustain research project
Subtitle of host publicationFinal edited volume
EditorsI.S.A. Baud, L. Kennedy, S. Jameson
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Jan 2021


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