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(Re)Constructing the Baikal-Amur Mainline

Continuity and Change of (Post)Socialist Infrastructure

Olga Povoroznyuk

promises of modernity. By the end of the construction, however, which almost coincides with the end of the socialist era, economic bust, infrastructural decline, public disillusionment and criticism clouded the BAM project. The 1990s were marked by the

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Crafting Spaces of Value

Infrastructure, Technologies of Extraction and Contested Oil in Nigeria

Omolade Adunbi

how oil infrastructures have become a contested field between the state, multinational oil corporations and local youth in what I call a ‘new oil frontier’. My central argument is that artisanal refineries are indicative of the politics of crude oil

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Jillian Schwedler

expansion of the city to accommodate population growth, absorb two major waves of refugees since 2003, and facilitate massive foreign investment in urban megaprojects; (2) infrastructural development, including urban sprawl, new bypass roads and overpasses

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“Where Do You Get Fish?”

Practices of Individual Supplies in Yamal as an Indicator of Social Processes

Elena Liarskaya

developing over the last few decades, the transport infrastructure in all of them is underdeveloped. None of them are connected to the rest of the country with a year-round highway or have any year-round transport connection to the world except for air

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Xiaoxuan Lu

Infrastructure Imagination: Hong Kong City Futures, 1972–1988 City Gallery, Central, Hong Kong, 24 March 2018 to 16 May 2018 Lead Curators: Cecilia Chu, Dorothy Tang Curatorial Team: Maxime Decaudin, Sben Korsh, Calvin Liang, Christina Lo, Lillian Tam, Olive Wong

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Marxist morphologies

A materialist critique of brute materialities, flat infrastructures, fuzzy property, and complexified cities

Michał Murawski

complexity of social life is “irreducible.” 1 Ideas about social “flatness” and “complexity” are expressed with particular clarity and consistency in anthropological scholarship on cities, architecture, and material infrastructure. In the reigning mind

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When One Becomes Two

Man–Machine Hybridization in Urban Cyclists with Broken Bikes

Lou Therese Brandner

merging of social formations. Hybridity has been explored in diverse contexts, such as athletes and sporting technologies, 9 horseback riding, 10 urban infrastructure, 11 disability, 12 and the relationship between dogs and their owners. 13 In the

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Promising pipelines and hydrocarbon nationalism

The sociality of unbuilt infrastructure in indigenous Siberia

Gertjan Plets

By analysing how shamanist nomads who previously opposed large infrastructure works have suddenly become enchanted by the prospect of the construction of a large gas pipeline, this paper ethnographically investigates how technology and infrastructure become perceived as promising by ordinary people on the ground in post‐Soviet Siberia. Drawing attention to the discursive impact of large gas corporations and the role of deeply embedded Soviet conceptions of modernity in filling pipelines with cultural meaning, this paper provides unique insights into the highly localised engagements with infrastructure. As such, this paper contributes to the anthropology of Russia, where infrastructure has only recently received academic attention. It also corresponds to the ‘infrastructural turn’ in anthropology by studying the social, cultural and material conditions ensuring that infrastructure becomes perceived as promising. Furthermore, this paper explores the significant impact of ancillary infrastructures connected to a construction project in entangling people with technology and infrastructure.

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Ksenia Gavrilova

article explores how the relocation plans of young people and judgments about the infrastructure of Tilichiki (Kamchatka, Oliutorskii District) are related to each other. The study reconsiders the concept of unidirectional population flow and analyzes the

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Monumental Suspension

Art, Infrastructure, and Eduardo Chillida's Unbuilt Monument to Tolerance

Isaac Marrero-Guillamón

Variations ( Marrero-Guillamón 2018 ). Art, Infrastructure, and Suspension The argument I develop in this article draws from two subfields that are currently only partially connected: the anthropology of infrastructure and the anthropology of art