Infrastructural Citizenship: (de)constructing state-society relations
In this viewpoint I introduce the analytical framework of Infrastructural Citizenship using examples from my research in contemporary South Africa. This is not a tightly-defined concept but a broad heuristic tool to connect critical scholarship on infrastructure and citizenship that has been divided by disciplinary. Essentially, I argue that citizenship is embodied in infrastructure for both citizens and the state. For citizens, the state is materially and visibly represented through everyday (in)access to public infrastructure, while the state imagines and plans for citizens through infrastructure provision and maintenance. Infrastructural Citizenship provides an analytical framework to critically analyse these connections, and there by deepen understanding of both concepts as well as better understand the vitality of urban life.
Isaac Newton Trust (17.24(h))