Introducing infrastructural harm: rethinking moral entanglements, spatio-temporal dynamics, and resistance(s)

Dimitris Dalakoglou, Yannis Kallianos, Alexander Dunlap

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This introduction provides an initial approach to the conceptual framework of infrastructural harm. It draws upon existing scholarship to discuss infrastructures as relational arrangements co-formative of harm. By approaching infrastructures as sites of ongoing socio-political and environmental antagonism, we pay attention to the ways in which infrastructural harm is generated, accretes, and transmutes across different scales and contexts. We consider harm as a process that exceeds the (in)direct consequences of infrastructure operation to extend to other arrangements. Building upon the diverse case studies discussed in this special issue, we investigate how the political and necropolitical properties of infrastructures are entangled with different technologies, judicial forms, policies, regulations and everyday processes. By foregrounding these diverse manifestations of infrastructural harm, together with its material and immaterial expressions, we expand on the existing literature in order to further explore critical codifications of contemporary socio-technical arrangements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-848
Number of pages20
Issue number6
Early online date22 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2023


Dimitris Dalakoglou and Yannis Kallianos were supported by a VIDI grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO 452-17-015; PI: D. Dalakoglou, 2017–2022). We would like to thank the authors participating in this special issue for their excellent and insightful contributions. We are also grateful to the editors at Globalizations, Barry Gills and Kevin Gray, who encouraged and supported the making of this special issue. This includes Kevin's patience and care with teaching us the Editorial Manager system. Likewise, we are grateful to the reviewers who offered useful and critical suggestions that helped make this introduction what it is.

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Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek452-17-015


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