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The Temporality of and Competition between Infrastructures

Taxis and E-Hailing in China

Jack Linzhou Xing

E-hailing is a recent innovation in urban transport infrastructure. E-hailing companies operate online platforms and use algorithms to match passengers with cars, without owning cars or formally employing drivers. Didi, with seventy-seven million

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Ruin of Empire

The Uganda Railway and Memory Work in Kenya

Norman Aselmeyer

Kenya's official languages: English, Kiswahili, and Silence. There was also memory. — Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor 1 When Kenya went to the polls in 2017, the reelection bid of the ruling coalition centered on the infrastructure projects

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A Brief History of Smart Transportation Infrastructure

Kathleen Frazer Oswald

What Is Smart Transportation Infrastructure? While smart technologies generally align with twenty-first-century sensibilities concerning technology, convenience, safety, and security, no consistent definition for smart exists. 2 In most

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Precarious Connections: On the Promise and Menace of Railroad Projects

Peter Schweitzer and Olga Povoroznyuk

underlying component of the transport infrastructure our special issue is interested in. Despite all (infra)structural similarities, road and railroad stand for two contrasting ideological qualities of passenger and cargo transport, namely private versus

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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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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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Transport Infrastructure in Shrinking (East) Germany

Weert Canzler

Policy on transport infrastructure in Germany will come under increasing pressure thanks to considerable changes in basic conditions. Demographic change, shifts in economic and regional structures, continued social individualization, and the chronic budget crisis in the public sphere are forcing a readjustment of government action. At root, the impact of the changes in demographics and economic structures touches on what Germans themselves think their postwar democracy stands for. Highly consensual underlying assumptions about Germany as a model are being shaken. The doctrine that development of infrastructure is tantamount to growth and prosperity no longer holds. The experience in eastern Germany shows that more and better infrastructure does not automatically lead to more growth. Moreover, uniform government regulation is hitting limits. If the differences between boom regions and depopulated zones remain as large as they are, then it makes no sense to have the same regulatory maze apply to both cases. In transportation policy, that shift would mean recasting the legal foundations of public transport.

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Introduction: The French Empire and the History of Economic Life

Owen White and Elizabeth Heath

Grasse perfumers pursued opportunities presented by the wider market requires attending to the economic structures and markets that facilitated—or hindered—these exchanges. Large-scale infrastructural projects, technology, financial institutions, and

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After Disasters

Infrastructures, (Im)mobilities, and the Politics of Recovery

Benjamin Linder and Galen Murton

After Disasters: Infrastructures, (Im)mobilities, and the Politics of Recovery By now, it is pat to say that the coronavirus pandemic has reoriented the geographies and temporalities of everyday existence, from leisure travel to professional

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Urban Electric Public Transport in Eastern and Southeastern Europe: Toward a Historical Anthropology of Infrastructural Crises

Andrey Vozyanov

Crises in urban electric transport infrastructure of Eastern and Southeastern Europe present not only a fruitful subject for historical, ethnographic, and sociological inquiry, but also contribute to two intersecting knowledge fields. First, to the multidisciplinary constellation of studies dedicated to failures of sociotechnical systems that I will refer to as disaster and crisis studies. And second, to social studies of urban transit in the former Socialist Bloc, a subfield within broader mobility and transport studies. In this text I will review the state of both these fields and then proceed to conceptualize the intersections between them, proposing historical anthropology as an integration tool. In the process I will occasionally refer to my fieldwork in Donbas, Ukraine, from 2011 to 2013, and eastern Romania since 2015.