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Addie, JD; (2017) Infrastructure. In: Richardson, D and Castree, N and Goodchild, M and Liu, W and Kobayashi, A and Marston, R, (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, The Earth, Environment, and Technology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.: Hoboken.

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Infrastructure materially connects more or less distant places by facilitating various social processes and relations across space. Usually understood in physical terms as the material elements shaping resource flows, infrastructure also refers to the institutions and rules conditioning social practice. Recent geographic research has stressed the social, political, and economic dimensions of infrastructure. As an object of empirical analysis, infrastructure discloses broad transformations in the production and management of sociotechnical systems, including the “splintering” of collective services and utilities. Conceptually, infrastructure has provided the foundations for methodological and conceptual innovations surrounding ontologies of flow and mobility, and theorizations of society/nature relations that reframe technological networks as unstable, politicized entities.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Infrastructure
DOI: 10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0014
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0014
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.
Keywords: flows governance networks, technology urbanization
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10072896
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