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Periodical article Periodical article
Title:A Tramway Called Atonement: Genealogies of Infrastructure and Emerging Political Imaginaries in Contemporary Casablanca
Author:Strava, CristianaISNI
Year:2018
Periodical:Middle East: Topics & Arguments (ISSN 2196-629X)
Volume:10
Pages:22-29
Language:English
Geographic term:Morocco
Subjects:infrastructure
politics
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Link:https://doi.org/10.17192/meta.2018.10.7590
Abstract:This article explores the role of infrastructure in the production of post-colonial political imaginaries linked to mobility and expectations of social justice. I focus on how the building of the Casablanca tramway opened up new ways for engaging in political commentary and participation for a segment of the city that frequently lacks the direct means for accessing power. In the process, the aim is to contribute a brief account of the historical genealogies behind such projects and argue for an understanding of infrastructure as a site for the production of future aspirations and political engagement for marginalized communities.
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