This article explores the postcolonial state’s experiments with logistics through the construction of industrial corridors. Through the concept of “corridor economy” it traces the shift from special economic zones to corridors, with a special focus on the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) to understand how land, labor, and capital are being organized through new governance strategies. By closely analyzing the violent labor unrest that broke out in the Maruti Suzuki plant in Manesar, an industrial center of prominence in the DMIC project, the article explores the ways the corridor economy model is being projected as the future of development. In so doing, the article positions this model as a neoliberal institution that marks new frontiers of capital and asks how the struggles crisscrossing the spaces of the DMIC reveal the paradoxical and heterogeneous political constellations of capital-labor relations and the transformations of the state form.
Research Article|January 01 2015
Beyond Zoning: India’s Corridors of “Development” And New Frontiers of Capital
South Atlantic Quarterly (2015) 114 (1): 153-170.
Ishita Dey, Giorgio Grappi; Beyond Zoning: India’s Corridors of “Development” And New Frontiers of Capital. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 January 2015; 114 (1): 153–170. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-2831345
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