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Citizenship and Infrastructure Practices and Identities of Citizens and the State

Edited By Charlotte Lemanski Copyright 2019
    144 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book brings together insights from leading urban scholars and explicitly develops the connections between infrastructure and citizenship.

    It demonstrates the ways in which adopting an ‘infrastructural citizenship’ lens illuminates a broader understanding of the material and civic nature of urban life for both citizens and the state. Drawing on examples of housing, water, electricity and sanitation across Africa and Asia, chapters reveal the ways in which exploring citizenship through an infrastructural lens, and infrastructure through a citizenship lens, allows us to better understand, plan and govern city life. The book emphasises the importance of acknowledging and understanding the dialectic relationship between infrastructure and citizenship for urban theory and practice. This book will be a useful resource for researchers and students within Urban Studies, Geography, Development Studies, Planning, Politics, Architecture and Sociology.


    Dennis Rodgers

    Introduction: the infrastructure of citizenship

    Charlotte Lemanski

    1. Infrastructural citizenship. spaces of living in Cape Town, South Africa

    Charlotte Lemanski

    2. Social infrastructure, citizenship and life on the margins in popular neighbourhoods

    Jonathan Silver and Colin McFarlane

    3. The politics of urban sanitation: making claims to the city

    Colin McFarlane

    4. Enframing citizenship: social housing and ontological orientations in Johannesburg

    Alex Wafer

    5. Traveling technologies: infrastructure, ethical regimes and the materiality of politics in South Africa

    Antina von Schnitzler

    6. Water, housing and (in)formality in Kitwe, Zambia: infrastructure, citizenship and urban belonging

    Iva Peša

    Conclusion: infrastructure of citizenship

    Charlotte Lemanski


    Charlotte Lemanski is a University Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, UK. She has a particular interest in the everyday and structural realities and constraints of inequality within the Southern city, focusing specifically on inequalities related to housing and infrastructure, as well as urban governance and citizenship.