Intervention: Democratising infrastructure

Bregje van Veelen, Ludovico Rella, Gerald Taylor Aiken, Emily Judson, Evelina Gambino, Alke Jenss, Ankur Parashar, Annabel Pinker

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Abstract

This intervention seeks to revivify democratic thinking in political geography, through foregrounding and pluralising its material and temporal dimensions. At the same time, it speaks to a renewed centrality and relevance of infrastructure and infrastructural projects in political discourse. The contributions included here demonstrate how an infrastructural lens can offer new insights into democratic spaces, practices, and temporalities, offering more expansive versions of what it means to act politically. Specifically, these contributions intervene in existing geographical debates by bringing to the fore four underexplored dimensions of democratic governance: (im)materiality, connectivity, performativity, and temporality. In doing so, it develops a research agenda that broadens and regenerates thinking at the intersection of socio-spatial theory and democratic action and governance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102378
JournalPolitical Geography
Volume87
Early online date31 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • Infrastructure
  • democracy
  • governance
  • materiality
  • temporality
  • citizenship

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