Book review: The Slow Boil: The Street Food, Rights and Public Space in MumbaiAnjariaJonathan Shapiro, The Slow Boil: The Street Food, Rights and Public Space in Mumbai, Stanford University Press: Stanford, CA, 2016; 232 pp.: 978-08047-9937-9, £18.99/U...

Kasi Eswarappa
  • Urban Studies, June 2017, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0042098017712681

The Slow Boil Book Review

What is it about?

It is an ethnographic treatise of street vendors’ lives, and Anjaria succinctly visualises how the struggle for space creates generative relationships among diverse parties.

Why is it important?

As author rightly perceives, that ‘through ethnography and historical analysis, the chapters in the book highlight how the mundane question of street vending speaks to broader issues about space and rights in the city.


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Thus, after a thorough reading of the book, I have no hesitation in saying that it is a welcome addition to the existing body of literature on the city and on urban studies in South Asia and elsewhere. It also serves as core reading for scholars and professionals of Anthropology, Sociology, Public Policy, Economics, Urban Studies and Planning, Regional and Area Studies, and Development Studies.

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