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Building on interviews with elderly people living in a low-income and auto-constructed settlement in Kampala, Uganda, this paper explores the notion of heterogenous infrastructure in its local spatial and temporal setting. Our aim is twofold. First, by intently listening to and weaving together situated narratives of how people over time have acquired infrastructural services, such as water, energy, waste, and sanitation, we reveal deeper in sights of the socio-political, but also material structures and interactions at play between the State, the disen franchised, and their intermediaries. Second, we start uncovering the so far largely unexplored potential of oral history as a method to meaningfully interpret the “infrastructural past” of postcolonial and Southern cities where most of ordinary people’s experience was never put on record. Our findings point to the usefulness of oral history methods to widen the lens of who and what contributed to the production of fundamental resources for urban life—and its politics.
|Early online date||18 Jun 2022|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Aug 2022|
- Heterogenous infrastructure
- Oral history
- Informal settlement
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Claiming value in a heterogeneous solid waste configuration in KampalaSseviiri, H., Lwasa, S., Lawhon, M., Ernstson, H. & Twinomuhangi, R., 19 Nov 2020, In: Urban Geography.
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Imperial Remains and Imperial Invitations: Centering Race within the Contemporary Large-Scale Infrastructures of East AfricaKimari, W. & Ernstson, H., 2 Apr 2020, In: Antipode.
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Grounding Urban Natures: Histories and Futures of Urban EcologiesErnstson, H. & Sörlin, S., 15 Sep 2019, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 440 p. (Urban and Industrial Environments)
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