Rule by aesthetics world class city making in delhi d asher ghertner a new theory of the role of aesthetics and visual appearance in how cities and urban populations are governed and how the urban poor contest their displacement. Here call a world class aesthetic and the cultivation of a popular desire for such a future the making of world class subjects this chapter examines this process in two parts in the first two sections i look at how a world class aesthetic a distinct observational grid used for. Forthcoming as d asher ghertner 2011 rule by aesthetics world class city making in delhi in ananya roy aihwa ong eds worlding cities asian experiments and the art of being globaloxford blackwell. Specifically i trace how a series of political technologies including government run slum surveys media campaigns and a broad set of changes in the meaning of landscape train slum residents to see the city through the lens of world class aesthetics. Rule by aesthetics world class city making in delhi oxford university press272 pages the demolition and clearance ofjj clustersjhuggijhopri clusters squatter settlements in delhi in the first decade of the 21st century resulted in the displacement of approximately one million people ie about 6 of the total population of delhi
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