There used to be wooden crushers, and pairs of buffaloes to run it. The crushers would run all day. The entire family worked hard. When we left the oil business, we started selling the metal parts of the crusher. Haji Salman Malik, a trader and landlord in Seelampur
Seelampur, a neighbourhood in Shahdara district of Delhi, features regularly in policy reports, academic writings, and popular media for its informal settlements, crowded and narrow streets, communal tensions, poor sanitary conditions, andmost prominentlyas a toxic sink where electronic waste or e-waste from around the world is dismantled and processed. This paper strives to alter and amend this largely negative representation by showing the underlying social relations and rich spatial history of place-making that has produced Seelampur as a key node within Indias e-waste economy. Based on 10 months of ethnographic and survey research, we extend the scholarship on the caste/community segmentation of petty production and commerce in urban India; specifically, the role of familial capitalism and kin networks (Yanagisako 2002) in consolidating Seelampurs distinctive economy trajectory. We introduce the term community capital to conceptualise the operations of kin networks in building and sustaining Seelampurs economy.