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?
Public transport is an essential infrastructure in developing countries. It allows disadvantaged categories of people to get access to basic services, and it is more efficient than private transport. A good public transport system should be easy, convenient, fast, safe, clean, and affordable, but its development often encounters problems connected to industry structure, financial sustainability,… Continue reading Public transport and socio-political change in Curitiba