Narrativizing Social Production of Space and its Imaginations
Lakshmi Subramanian
CITY OF FAÇADES: ARCHAEOLOGY, HISTORY, AND URBANISM IN VELHA GOA by By Brian C. Wilson Primus Books, Delhi, 2022, 338 pp., 1595.00
March 2024, volume 48, No 3

This is an unusual and innovative book that captures the history of Velha Goa through the lens of archeology as method, and urbanism as the heuristic category for understanding the Portuguese city as it was designed and constructed since the 16th century. It draws from an established lineage of work that deals with colonial urbanism, with spatial representation of colonial cities, their institutional apparatus and their symbolic significance for both the rulers and the subjects.

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