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?
A city without street corners and limited sidewalks can be difficult to conceptualize and poses several questions, such as: how have views of infrastructure played a role in creating such a city and how is the city’s social infrastructure affected? Sections of Brasilia, Brazil’s capital, adopted a modernist infrastructural design of high speed avenues, roundabouts,… Continue reading Streets and Social Infrastructure in Brasilia