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Urban comix: Subcultures, infrastructures and “the right to the city” in Delhi

Davies, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-3584-5789 (2018). Urban comix: Subcultures, infrastructures and “the right to the city” in Delhi. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 54(3), pp. 411-430. doi: 10.1080/17449855.2018.1461986


This article argues that comics production in India should be configured as a collaborative artistic endeavour that visualizes Delhi’s segregationist infrastructure, claiming a right to the city through the representation and facilitation of more socially inclusive urban spaces. Through a discussion of the work of three of the Pao Collective’s founding members – Orijit Sen, Sarnath Banerjee and Vishwajyoti Ghosh – it argues that the group, as for other comics collectives in cities across the world, should be understood as a networked urban social movement. Their graphic narratives and comics art counter the proliferating segregation and uneven development of neo-liberal Delhi by depicting and diagnosing urban violence. Meanwhile, their collaborative production processes and socialized consumption practices, and the radical comix traditions on which these movements draw (and which are sometimes occluded by the label “Indian Graphic Novel”) create socially networked and politically active spaces that resist the divisions marking Delhi’s contemporary urban fabric.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in 'Journal of Postcolonial Writing' on , available online:
Publisher Keywords: Comix, graphic novels, urban infrastructure, the right to the city, Delhi, networked social movements
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
P Language and Literature
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > English, Publishing & Creative Writing
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