Critical infrastructure refers to processes, systems, facilities, technologies, networks, assets and services essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of Canadians and the effective functioning of government. … Disruptions of
Indigenous Relations against Pipelines
Roads to Certainty in Two Brazilian Religions
Arriving in many big cities in the world, the picture that meets the eye is often one of visible infrastructure. The interior of the city seems to be laid out, particularly in the peripheries where construction work is going on and new roads
How the “Broken” Road Becomes a Site of Belonging in Postindustrial Eastern Siberia
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
Das Sein bestimmt das Bewusstsein?
This special issue of Sibirica arose from a 2015 panel that was part of the annual conference at the European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP). The panel—Mobility and Infrastructure in the Russian Arctic: Das Sein bestimmt das Bewusstsein? 1
The boom and the bubble?
This article engages with the constitution of the anthropology of infrastructure as an autonomous subdiscipline. Rather than laboring in the service of demarcating a new field of study, anthropologists, I argue, should strive for a critical deconstruction of the contemporary infrastructural moment. In the first part of the article, I engage with the arguments in favor of infrastructure as an analytical lens by focusing on their treatment of relationality and materiality. I pinpoint the limitations of these approaches and argue that their epistemological and theoretical assumptions blunt the critical potential of anthropological studies of infrastructure. The second part of the article looks at theoretical alliances that favor connecting the anthropological study of infrastructure with a critical analysis of the production of nature and the built environment.
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
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
Infrastructure and Ignorance in Peri-urban Ulaanbaatar
Morten Axel Pedersen
infrastructure project that is never to be built. Known as ‘Power Plant #5’, the 300 MW thermal power plant was planned and tendered in 2008 by the Ulaanbaatar city municipality and the Ministry of Mines and Energy as part of a national strategy to beef up
Collective responses to shrinking water access among farmers in Arequipa, Peru
Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen
what constitutes progress in contemporary Peru influence the making of the city and its different possible livelihoods. The story of dispossession and “progress” will be told through two types of infrastructure: material infrastructures that serve to
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