Paradoxes of Agendas and Plans: Ethnographic Accounts of Infrastructure Projects in South Asia (PANEL)

Deborah Menezes

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Abstract

Large-scale physical infrastructure projects, including but not limited to roads and ports, have become prominent in South Asia in the 21st century. These development projects are presented as the foundation for foreign investment and generalised economic growth, but they are also promoted as solutions to social, political and environmental problems.Yet, paradoxically, and as we aim to discuss in this panel, such projects may rest on narrow and formulaic visions of spatial and structural transformation. They may also give rise to questions of social, economic and environmental justice. We call for papers from scholars looking at infrastructure projects in South Asia from ethnographic and qualitative perspectives. What narratives are drawn upon to justify and promote infrastructures? What do national infrastructure projects 'do' in local settings? How are we to define, delimit and analyse the 'context' for understanding the current infrastructure-building frenzy?
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2018
EventBritish Association for South Asian Studies Annual Conference - University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Apr 201820 Apr 2018

Conference

ConferenceBritish Association for South Asian Studies Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleBASAS 2018
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityExeter
Period18/04/1820/04/18

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