ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Ustaads, Shagirds, and the Drudgery and Virtuosity of Breakdowns and Repair

Maintenance and repair work constitute an important part of a thriving urban life, in this case, in Karachi, Pakistan. The connection between breakdowns, and repair and maintenance practices is looked at along with evaluating the promises around development and modernity. This is done by understanding the work dynamics of the ustaads and shagirds who form the backbone of all kinds of repair work.

Keeping Cities in Motion

As the cities in South Asia transform into global or “world-class” cities, the lives of those who construct, repair, and maintain these cities are changing. In this collection of articles on repair and maintenance in South Asia, we foreground how the repairers and maintainers of Kolkata, Karachi,...

Pakistan : 'Regularising' the Poor

The Sindh Katchi Abadi Authority, led by Tasneem Ahmad Siddiqui, has devised a cost-effective model of housing for the urban poor in the Pakistani province. The objective is to tap ordinary people's ingenuity while improving and legalising their living conditions. The model has been so successful that it has won Siddiqui global recognition.
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