Pipe Politics, Contested Waters: Embedded Infrastructures of Millennial Mumbai Lisa Bjorkman

ISBN: 9780822359692

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Pipe Politics, Contested Waters: Embedded Infrastructures of Millennial Mumbai  by  Lisa Bjorkman

Pipe Politics, Contested Waters: Embedded Infrastructures of Millennial Mumbai by Lisa Bjorkman
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Despite Mumbais position as Indias financial, economic, and cultural capital, water is chronically unavailable for rich and poor alike. Mumbais dry taps are puzzling, given that the city does not lack for either water or financial resources. In MoreDespite Mumbais position as Indias financial, economic, and cultural capital, water is chronically unavailable for rich and poor alike.

Mumbais dry taps are puzzling, given that the city does not lack for either water or financial resources. In Pipe Politics, Contested Waters, Lisa Björkman shows how an elite dream to transform Mumbai into a world class business center has wreaked havoc on the city’s water pipes. In rich ethnographic detail, Pipe Politics explores how the everyday work of getting water animates and inhabits a penumbra of infrastructural activity—of business, brokerage, secondary markets, and sociopolitical networks—whose workings are reconfiguring and rescaling political authority in the city.

Mumbai’s increasingly illegible and volatile hydrologies, Björkman argues, are lending infrastructures increasing political salience just as actual control over pipes and flows becomes contingent on dispersed and intimate assemblages of knowledge, power, and material authority.

These new arenas of contestation reveal the illusory and precarious nature of the project to remake Mumbai in the image of Shanghai or Singapore and gesture instead toward the highly contested futures and democratic possibilities of the actually existing city.



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