Question on Small Towns?

Uttam Singh

Rsearch Scholar, School of Humanities and Social Science, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. ORCID: 0000-0001-7955-2614. Email:

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According to 2011 Census, the number of Indian towns has increased from 2001 census.  2011 census shows a tremendous increase in the number of statutory towns and census towns. Their contribution to urban population is around 75% but they did not get any spotlight. Only metropolitan cities get the attention of researcher, policymaker, and academician. Therefore, scholars emphasize on Metropolitan cities as it offers a set of economic, political, social and cultural power. In the liberalization of market and the flow of funds in big cities increase the size of population, business activities, new cultural and social pattern. In this small towns also transform in term of economy, politics, demographic and cultural and social level. The focuses of researcher are basically big settlement and they neglect the small towns. In this corporatist socio-economic structure in small town gave the importance to small towns and also become a site for study which raise some basic question.  Can small towns become a research agenda? Can they have same experience such as metropolitan cities?  Can small towns break the myth of shadow towns and explore their aspiration to achieve urban status? How the term ‘small’ defined? This paper try to build a portrait how the urban studies change their path and include new themes and major focus given to big settlement and small settlement neglected.

Keywords: Small Town, Urbanity, Globalization, Decentralization