Defining and classifying infrastructural contestation: Towards a synergy between anthropology and data science

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Abstract

The 2008 financial crisis, the so called fourth industrial revolution, ongoing urbanisation and climate change have contributed to the emergence of an infrastructural crisis that has been labelled as infrastructural gap. During this period, infrastructure systems have become increasingly sites of public contestation with significant effect to their operation and governance. At stakes has been the issues of access to infrastructure, their social and environmental consequences and the ‘modern ideal’ embodied in the design of those socio-technical systems. With this paper we apply a cross-disciplinary methodology in order to document and define the prac-tices of this new wave of infrastructural contestation, taking as case study Greece in the 2008 – 2017 period. The synthesis of quantitative and qual-itative datasets with ethnographic knowledge help us, furthermore, to rec-ord tendencies and patterns in the ongoing phenomenon of infrastructural contestation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume554
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Keywords

  • infrastructural contestation, data and anthropology, infrastructural gap
  • infrastructural gap

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