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The anthropology of infrastructure

The boom and the bubble?

Natalia Buier

The anthropology of infrastructure: The boom and the bubble? The recent popularity of the term infrastructure in anthropology would not surprise anyone surveying conference programs or tables of contents. As commentators have noticed, “across

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Malfunctioning Affective Infrastructures

How the “Broken” Road Becomes a Site of Belonging in Postindustrial Eastern Siberia

Vasilina Orlova

infrastructure possesses a particular affective power. The way the road is a center of contesting contexts is exacerbated by the absence of central electricity and mobile phone towers in the vicinity; thus, the infrastructural systems interconnect as an

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Trust as affective infrastructure

Constructing the firm/community boundary in resource extraction

Adela Zhang

-scale works [of infrastructure]…involving first, expanding and improving access roads…[and building] more than 240 kilometres of highway that simply did not exist before, that crosses canyons.”’ But, he clarifies, ‘the highway is not the only thing [the mine

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Neglected Transportation Infrastructure

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Russian State in a Small Siberian Oil Town

Gertrude Saxinger, Natalia Krasnoshtanova, and Gertraud Illmeier

good transport infrastructure on the part of the state and the companies, including the maintenance of roads or public transport provision. Throughout this article, we explore the relationship between CSR and the wellbeing of individuals and communities

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Technologies and infrastructures of trust

Anna Weichselbraun, Shaila Seshia Galvin, and Ramah McKay

This special issue develops a critical anthropology of trust, and inquires into the technologies, infrastructures, and material practices that accompany efforts to identify, enunciate, and stabilise it. As concerns with ‘fake news’—from COVID-19

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Afterword: From Number Politics to Infrastructure Politics

Notes on Context and Methods

Stefania Milan

Data infrastructures are the scaffolding of the present. They generate data in real time, using it not only for value creation but also for decision-making and for monitoring the polity, delegating to algorithms functions that were previously

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Leapfrogging the Grid

Off-grid Solar, Self-reliance and the Market in Tanzania

Tom Neumark

call nishati ya kujitegemea – self-reliant or independent energy. 2 Since the early studies of large-scale socio-technical systems ( Bijker and Law 1992 ), infrastructures have proven to be productive objects for social scientific reflection. Those

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Ground-Level Travel for a Non-Flying Baltic States Anthropologist from Northern Ireland

Gareth E. Hamilton

to be heroic in any way. For me, however, this time issue is principally that of travel time and related comfort, and how this relates to questions of infrastructural development in the past and the future, especially for travel to and from Latvia, as

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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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Songs of the Pandemic

Michael Alexander Ulfstjerne

revitalisation of tradition do more than bring out what is there. They move, they become infrastructures, they point ahead. This did not go unnoticed. The Scientific Counsel in Denmark has recently financed a project meant to explore how we can build off the