Urbanites and Reforms in the Housing and Utility Sector: Networks of Resistance
Type of publication: Research Article
science and technology studies (sts), actor-network theory (ant), bruno latour, madeleine akrich, scripts, housing and utility sector, anti-programs, utility meters
The article employs three ANT (actor-network theory) categories – scripts, antiprogramms and networks – and discusses technological reforms in the Russian housing and utility sector. It analyzes the strategies that users employ to change and correct water, heat, and electricity meter readings. Its goal is to show the ways in which consumers and their practices of manipulating technological gadgets, usually omitted from research analyses, may infl uence the functioning of urban infrastructural networks and the federal technological policy in a broad sense.
Bychkova, O.V., Popova, E.V. 2012. Urbanites and Reforms in the Housing and Utility Sector: Networks of Resistance. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 3: 78-87
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