Introduction: Cityscapes of Violence in Karachi: Publics and Counterpublics

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Nichola Khan provides the introduction to this book, by bringing into conversation some prominent figures, each of whom has been engaged with issues related to violence in Karachi for at least one decade, some many more. The collection addresses some perennial global, national, and city crises which have precipitated waves of violence in Karachi, and it highlights an increase in critical voices and commentary alongside a greater willingness by publishers to take on the controversies these phenomena entail. First, it combines the diverse specialist insights, generated over time, of key academics, publishers, journalists, activists, and writers; thereby it differs from the usual academic “study” of a “type” of violence, group, or political party in the city. A second focus is on personal and professional engagement, and on ways each dimension might inform the other. Third, the book brings these aspects to a public engagement agenda, encouraging a shift outwards from the purely academic realm towards the creation of wider publics and counterpublics engaged in cultural and political commentary, and collective collaborations for change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCityscapes of Violence in Karachi
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Electronic)9780190848460
ISBN (Print)9781849047265
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017


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