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Roads : an anthropology of infrastructure and expertise

Author: Penelope Harvey; Hannah Knox
Publisher: Ithaca ; London : Cornell University Press, ©2015.
Series: Expertise (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Roads matter to people. This claim in central to the work of Penny Harvey and Hannah Knox, who in this book use the example of highway building in South America to explore what large public infrastructural projects can tell us about contemporary state formation, social relations, and emerging political economies. Roads focuses on two main sites: the interoceanic highway currently under construction between Brazil  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Penelope Harvey; Hannah Knox
ISBN: 9780801453236 0801453232 9780801479649 0801479649
OCLC Number: 896861198
Description: xiv, 239 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Roads as state space: past desires and future imaginaries --
Historical futures --
Integration and difference --
Construction practices, regulatory devices --
Figures in the soil --
Health and safety and the politics of safe living --
Corruption and public works --
The modern state: promise and deferral --
Impossible publics --
Conclusions: inauguration, engineering and the politics of infrastructural form.
Series Title: Expertise (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Responsibility: Penny Harvey and Hannah Knox.

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Sweeping in scope and conceptually ambitious, this book tells a story of infrastructure and of global flows of money, goods, and people.  Read more...

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"What is the relation between the unity and stability of the nation-state and the state of a nation's infrastructure? In addressing this question, Roads forces us to consider, among much else, the Read more...

 
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