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?
Without a government-issued identity, there are infrastructural barriers to existing within a modern city. Your ability to move within buildings such as libraries or your children’s school is forfeited frequently making you unable to engage actively within your community, access city services or even obtain a bank account. Unjust relations are built into the city… Continue reading The Empire State: How does IDNYC navigate infrastructural violence?
The Great Firewall of China (GFOC) is a comprehensive censorship and surveillance regime, considerable as a digital counterpart to the physical Great Wall. It acts to demarcate a digital territory and protect it from external threats and reflects the wider, much-reported authoritarian tendencies the Communist Party of China is famous for. The GFOC in particular… Continue reading The Great Firewall of China: Citizen-Seditionists and Digital Territories
Fig.1-from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQQaecFfMbM Last Sunday, I attended Vegan Life Live, a festival with a multitude of stalls, ranging from samples of ‘fish-less’ fingers to anti-McDonald’s campaigners. I was particularly interested in one stall, promoting sign-ups to ‘the Humane League’. Overhearing animal rights and activism, I was immediately intrigued. The ‘fast-action network’ promotes animal rights in major institutions… Continue reading ACTIVISM AND THE STATE: ‘The Humane League’ raises questions about modern politics