Infrastructural Lives: Urban Infrastructure In Context by Stephen GrahamInfrastructural Lives: Urban Infrastructure In Context by Stephen Graham

Infrastructural Lives: Urban Infrastructure In Context

EditorStephen Graham, Colin McFarlane

Paperback | November 24, 2014

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Infrastructural Livesis the first book to describe the everyday experience and politics of urban infrastructures. It focuses on a range of infrastructures in both the global South and North. The book examines how day-to-day experience and perception of infrastructure provides a new and powerful lens to view urban sustainability, politics, economics, cultures and ecologies. An interdisciplinary group of leading and emerging urban researchers examine critical questions about urban infrastructure in different global contexts.

The chapters address water, sanitation, and waste politics in Mumbai, Kampala and Tyneside, analyse the use of infrastructure in the dispossession of Palestinian communities, explore the pacification of Rio's favelas in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup, describe how people's bodies and lives effectively operate as 'infrastructure' in many major cities, and also explores tentative experiments with low-carbon infrastructures.

These diverse cases and perspectives are connected by a shared sense of infrastructure not just as a 'thing', a 'system', or an 'output,' but as a complex social and technological process that enables ' or disables ' particular kinds of action in the city.Infrastructural Livesis crucial reading for academics, researchers, students and practitioners in urban studies globally.

Stephen Grahamis Professor of Cities and Society at Newcastle University's School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, UK. His research addresses the complex links between urban places and mobilities, infrastructures, militarization, surveillance, security and war. His books includeTelecommunications and the City,Splintering Urbani...
Title:Infrastructural Lives: Urban Infrastructure In ContextFormat:PaperbackDimensions:262 pages, 9 × 6.1 × 0.7 inPublished:November 24, 2014Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415748534

ISBN - 13:9780415748537

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Table of Contents

ForewordArjun Appadurai IntroductionSteve Graham and Colin McFarlane Part I: Knowing Infrastructure 1. Relational infrastructure in postcolonial urban worldsAbdouMaliq Simone 2. Infra-City: speculations on flux and history in infrastructure-makingVyjayanthi Rao Part II: Infrastructural Violence and Dispossession  3. Water Wars in MumbaiStephen Graham, Renu Desai and Colin McFarlane. Waiting in the ruins: the aesthetics and politics of favela urbanization in "PACification"Mariana Cavalcanti 5. Road 443: Cementing dispossession, normalizing segregation and disrupting everyday life in PalestineOmar Jabary Salamanca Part III: Waste, Process, Infrastructure 6. The uncanny materialities of the everyday: domesticated nature as the invisible "other"Maria Kaika 7. Kampala's Sanitary Regime: Whose toilet is it anyway?Stephanie Terrani Brown 8. Cleaning Up the Streets: Newcastle-upon-Tyne's Night-Time Neighbourhood Services TeamRob Shaw Part IV: Adjustment and Experimentation 9. Maintaining experiments and the material agency of the urbanVanesa Cast'Broto and Harriet Bulkeley 10. Low carbon nation: making new market opportunitiesMike Hodson and Simon Marvin


Editorial Reviews

"the book is thought-provoking and generates further questions and ideas in the reader¿s mind about what infrastructures mean and how they intersect with urban lives. For this reason, Infrastructural Lives is an inspirational and highly relevant publication for scholars interested in studying infrastructures through the lens of everyday urbanism, contingency and uncertainty." - Sobia Ahmad Kaker, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, UK