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Author Harvey, Penelope, 1956- author.

Title Roads : an anthropology of infrastructure and expertise / Penny Harvey and Hannah Knox
Published Ithaca, New York : Cornell University Press, [2015]


Description 1 online resource
Series Expertise (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Expertise (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Contents Roads; Contents; Preface; List of Abbreviations; Introduction: Anthropology, Infrastructure, and Expertise; PART I. ROADS AS STATE SPACE: PAST DESIRES AND FUTURE IMAGINARIES; 1. Historical Futures; 2. Integration and Difference; PART II. CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES, REGULATORY DEVICES; 3. Figures in the Soil; 4. Health and Safety and the Politics of Safe Living; 5. Corruption and Public Works; PART III. THE MODERN STATE: PROMISE AND DEFERRAL; 6. Impossible Publics; 7. Conclusions: Inauguration, Engineering, and the Politics of Infrastructural Form; Notes; References; Index
Summary Roads matter to people. This claim is 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 and Peru, a major public/private collaboration that is being realized within new, internationally ratified regulatory standards; and a recently completed one-hundred-kilometer stretch of highway between Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon, and a small town called Nauta, one of the earliest colonial settlements in the Amazon. The Iquitos-Nauta highway is one of the most expensive roads per kilometer on the planet.Combining ethnographic and historical research, Harvey and Knox shed light on the work of engineers and scientists, bureaucrats and construction company officials. They describe how local populations anticipated each of the road projects, even getting deeply involved in questions of exact routing as worries arose that the road would benefit some more than others. Connectivity was a key recurring theme as people imagined the prosperity that will come by being connected to other parts of the country and with other parts of the world. Sweeping in scope and conceptually ambitious, Roads tells a story of global flows of money, goods, and people--and of attempts to stabilize inherently unstable physical and social environments
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed August 17, 2015)
Subject Infrastructure (Economics) -- Political aspects -- Peru
Infrastructure (Economics) -- Social aspects -- Peru
Roads -- Political aspects -- Peru
Roads -- Social aspects -- Peru
Ethnology -- Peru.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Industries -- Transportation.
TRANSPORTATION -- Public Transportation.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
Infrastructure (Economics) -- Social aspects
Roads -- Social aspects
Infrastruktur -- politiska aspekter -- Peru.
Infrastruktur -- sociala aspekter -- Peru.
Vägar -- politiska aspekter -- Peru.
Vägar -- sociala aspekter -- Peru.
Etnologi -- Peru.
Form Electronic book
Author Knox, Hannah, 1977- author
ISBN 9780801456466