Can infrastructures ever be neutral? Politicians often say: ‘just create infrastructures then businesses can take care of the rest’. This implies that infrastructures are neutral, and has become a common neoliberal trope. In this blog I argue, as have other anthropologists, that infrastructures are rarely neutral (Winner 1980, Taussig 1997, Anand 2011, Larkin, 2013, Harvey… Continue reading A Walk Through London: What happens when one infrastructure breaks down?
The Panama Canal as a mobility infrastructure represents a variety of ideas that can often contradict one another and actually exemplify the canal’s importance beyond its basic function of facilitating commerce. I approached the Panama canal from a historical point of view in an attempt to explore “how infrastructures provide new perspectives of politics of contemporary social relations” (Harvey… Continue reading A Canal Simultaneously Representing Inequality and Progress