BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Date of Submission



Dr. Nausheen H. Anwar, Professor, Department of Social Sciences


Shahana Rajani, Visiting Faculty, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


This paper aims to examine the phenomenon of the gated community in Karachi. The specific case that is taken up in the paper is that of the Bahria Town project, which is a mega-project currently under construction in the city. This paper explores the processes through which the desire of a gated community emerges within the Karachi populace, and how the fear of those who find themselves outside the boundaries is reinforced through the process. Furthermore, the paper explores the process of privatization that unfolds under this phenomenon and how the narrative around the space is built as that of being opposite to the chaotic city. In doing so, there are certain security markers that get associated with status and prestige, transforming security arsenal into objects of ornamentation. Lastly, this paper explores the underlying premises of the Bahria Town developments and how the project claims itself to be a way for Karachi to catch up in the race of inclusivity within the global culture of modernity.



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