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dc.contributor.authorHowe, Cymene
Lockrem, Jessica
Appel, Hannah
Hackett, Edward
Boyer, Dominic
Hall, Randal
Schneider-Mayerson, Matthew
Pope, Albert
Gupta, Akhil
Rodwell, Elizabeth
Ballestero, Andrea
Durbin, Trevor
el-Dahdah, Farès
Long, Elizabeth
Mody, Cyrus
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-10T20:04:14Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-10T20:04:14Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Howe, Cymene, Lockrem, Jessica, Appel, Hannah, et al.. "Paradoxical Infrastructures: Ruins, Retrofit, and Risk." Science, Technology & Human Values, (2015) Sage: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0162243915620017.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/88453
dc.description.abstract In recent years, a dramatic increase in the study of infrastructure has occurred in the social sciences and humanities, following upon foundational work in the physical sciences, architecture, planning, information science, and engineering. This article, authored by a multidisciplinary group of scholars, probes the generative potential of infrastructure at this historical juncture. Accounting for the conceptual and material capacities of infrastructure, the article argues for the importance of paradox in understanding infrastructure. Thematically the article is organized around three key points that speak to the study of infrastructure: ruin, retrofit, and risk. The first paradox of infrastructure, ruin, suggests that even as infrastructure is generative, it degenerates. A second paradox is found in retrofit, an apparent ontological oxymoron that attempts to bridge temporality from the present to the future and yet ultimately reveals that infrastructural solidity, in material and symbolic terms, is more apparent than actual. Finally, a third paradox of infrastructure, risk, demonstrates that while a key purpose of infrastructure is to mitigate risk, it also involves new risks as it comes to fruition. The article concludes with a series of suggestions and provocations to view the study of infrastructure in more contingent and paradoxical forms.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Sage
dc.rights This is an author's peer-reviewed final manuscript, as accepted by the publisher.
dc.title Paradoxical Infrastructures: Ruins, Retrofit, and Risk
dc.type Journal article
dc.citation.journalTitle Science, Technology & Human Values
dc.contributor.org Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences
dc.subject.keyworddevelopment
environmental practices
futures
alternative life forms
markets/economies
politics
power
governance
space/place/scale dynamics
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0162243915620017
dc.type.publication post-print


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