A closer look at ‘infrastructure'’ in Kenya
As a verb rather than a noun, infrastructure could also refer to a socially and politically mediated transformation of the body in and through state directed mega-projects. These reduce human beings to abstractions – such as citizens, beneficiary groups, or infrastructure users – which renders infrastructure as fundamental to the material and semiotic violence of the capitalist state. The EU-funded INFRALIVES project focusses on mega-infrastructures in contemporary Kenya. It provides an ethnographically grounded theoretical account of social and political geographies of contemporary mega-infrastructures. The project draws on critical social theory (including the work of Theodor Adorno, Judith Butler, Francis Fanon, and Achille Mbembe) in relation to geographical scholarship on infrastructure.