When infrastructures attack: The workings of disrepair in China

  title={When infrastructures attack: The workings of disrepair in China},
  author={J. Chu},
  journal={American Ethnologist},
  • J. Chu
  • Published 2014
  • Sociology
  • American Ethnologist
  • Residents fighting eviction in China often come into intimate knowledge of the insidious workings of infrastructure. This is especially true as redevelopment disputes are increasingly mediated through Chinese reforms emphasizing “rule by law.” Such reforms have worked to attune citizens, as well as city developers, to more distributed forms of agency in what could be termed the “infrastructuralization” of state power. I suggest that it is through the ambiguous signs of infrastructural disrepair… CONTINUE READING
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