Infrastructural citizenship

Spaces of living in Cape Town, South Africa

Authored by: Charlotte Lemanski

The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics

Print publication date:  April  2018
Online publication date:  April  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138890329
eBook ISBN: 9781315712468
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The foundational premise of this chapter is that, while there has been widespread recognition that both infrastructure and citizenship are crucial for understanding the everyday spaces of life in the city, the connections between them are poorly understood and under-theorized. As a means to explore these connections this chapter deploys the phrase infrastructural citizenship. Whilst not the first to coin this phrase (see Justesen 2013; Shelton 2017), its meaning within this chapter centres on how citizens’ everyday access to, and use of, infrastructure in the city affect, and are affected by, their citizenship identity and practice. Furthermore, the phrase provides the foundations for initiating critical connections between the two scholarly fields of urban infrastructure and citizenship.

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