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District heating in Belgrade: The politics of provision

Johnson, C; (2018) District heating in Belgrade: The politics of provision. In: Shove, S and Trentmann, F, (eds.) Infrastructures in Practice: The Dynamics of Demand in Networked Societies. (pp. 102-114). Routledge: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Energy infrastructure materialises social institutions within urban fabric. This chapter analyses Belgrade’s district heating system with an STS lens to identify the politics and social practices it shapes. The heating system was developed during the Yugoslav era under a rationale of modern socialist living. Today it is going through a process of liberalisation in line with Serbia’s new political economy. This change means reworking the territories and subjectivities of the system through valves, meters and contracts. Using ethnographic research, the difficulty in realising these changes is shown, and the conflicts they create with existing social values and practices are discussed. The consumer sovereignty promised through reform proves hard to materialise amidst the technical and social norms of the existing infrastructure.

Type: Book chapter
Title: District heating in Belgrade: The politics of provision
ISBN-13: 9781138476042
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9781351106177-11
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351106177-11
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10061354
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