Continuing my exploration of forms of power in Dhaka, in my second blog I reflect on the idea that our urban journeys, or paths, are far from neutral or mundane. Instead, they reflect deep histories and important political conditions. Comparing paths in Victoria and Dhaka, I argue that how we get around is much more than a simple matter of convenience or logistics – it’s political.
In my first blog I reflect on how the “livability ranking” of Dhaka rests on privileged assumptions about what a city should be. Comparing this with my experience in Dhaka, I argue for a critical ontology of the city that reaffirms and celebrates the life that sustains the city, instead of criticizing it for the challenges it presents.