The cultural markers of urbanisation

One can also identify small but significant cultural changes in how markets in towns have transitioned

Bibek DebroyAmit Kapoor
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Experts claim that culture is as old as humanity but constantly evolving. What is our history, and how does it differ in the present? In an urbanised environment, how can we maintain our connection to our ancestors? The impact of urbanisation is not only limited to the demographic composition of an area but also has a much more lasting and profound impact on the cultural fabric of that area. In the simplest ways, people can become “urbanised” and exposed to various cultures if they live in urban regions for a long time. They absorb these concepts and take them back to their smaller towns or villages, thereby influencing their immediate environments.
In other ways, one can also identify small but significant cultural changes in how markets in towns have transitioned. For instance, we now see big malls replacing traditional street markets, or small weekly markets being eliminated, in the face of the emergence of large retail convenience stores. These
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First Published: May 17 2023 | 11:28 PM IST

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