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'Greater good' in transit

The unwieldy career of a Swedish rail tunnel project

Åsa Boholm

Large-scale technological projects are born as visions among politicians and leaders of industry. For such visions to become real, they must be transformed from a virtual existence in the minds of their creators to a reality that can be accepted, even welcomed, by the public, not least by the communities who will become neighbors to those projects. Democracy implies that political decisions over the expenditure of public funds should answer not merely to the partial interests of stakeholders but should be accountable to the 'greater good' of society at large. Since a technological project materializes in what Latour calls a 'variable ontology-world', the greater good associated with it can be expected to be dynamic and shifting. The Hallandsås railway tunnel in southwestern Sweden illustrates how the very premises of the project's organizational logic have changed over time, the discourse of the greater good moving from an economical focus to an environmental one.

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Brett Holman

the rapidity with which spy scares erupted from August 1914 onwards, similar to the stories retailed by Le Queux but far surpassing them in scale. Arms caches were reportedly found in railway tunnels and hotel rooms; cordite bombs were said to have

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The Corpus of London

(Dis)covering the Victorian City

David W. Chapman

made a loop around the entire city ( Day and Reed 2005, 24–25 ). Strolling through the Victoria Gardens on a pleasant summer evening, you can be blissfully unaware of the sewer pipes and underground railway tunnels beneath your feet, both of which are

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Teachings of Tara

Sacred Place and Human Wellbeing in the Shimla Hills

Jonathan Miles-Watson

Goddess. Thus, Kipling could write, around the turn of the century, that life in the hills was in balance ‘so long as Tara Devi sees the lights of Shimla town’ ( Kipling 2001: 62 ). Yet, the attempts to construct a railway tunnel at Tara Devi were said to

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Marxist morphologies

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

Michał Murawski

Palace and explosion in the railway tunnel will “take down a massive chunk of the city.” But, at the last minute, a mute boy of about 10—who had been trapped in his mother’s PKiN office overnight and over whose legs Halski had tripped in the building