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Technopolitics of (De)legitimation and Contested Infrastructures in Times of Crisis in Greece
Technopolitics of (De)legitimation and Contested Infrastructures in Times of Crisis in Greece

Author(s): Yannis Kallianos
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Anthropology, Civil Society, Culture and social structure
Published by: Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS)
Keywords: public infrastructures; Greece

Summary/Abstract: This paper explores the infrastructural codifications of political legitimacy through a study of contested public infrastructures in Greece during times of crisis and socio-political change. The main idea explored in this study is that infrastructures make possible and enable technological and socio-cultural practices that shape everyday modes of (de)legitimation processes. In this context the paper attempts to examine the ways in which infrastructure space has been used either as part of legitimation processes of state interventions or as sites of contestation and challenge of such processes in times of crisis. By focusing on the formal and informal practices that have developed around public infrastructures in Greece, this study attempts to put forward an understanding of infrastructure spaces as dynamic sites through which different social and political forces can emerge. Building on this perspective, this paper employs the concept of infrastructural (de)legitimation to analyse the coming together of materialities, infrastructures and political practices within the process of political legitimation.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 9
  • Page Range: 1-26
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: English