A Tramway Called Atonement: Genealogies of Infrastructure and Emerging Political Imaginaries in Contemporary Casablanca

This article explores the role of infrastructure in the production of post-colonial political imaginaries linked to mobility and expectations of social justice. I focus on how the building of the Casablanca tramway opened up new ways for engaging in political commentary and participation for a segme...

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Published in:Middle East - Topics & Arguments (Band 10)
Main Author: Strava, Cristiana
Format: Journal Articles
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2018
Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS)
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Summary:This article explores the role of infrastructure in the production of post-colonial political imaginaries linked to mobility and expectations of social justice. I focus on how the building of the Casablanca tramway opened up new ways for engaging in political commentary and participation for a segment of the city that frequently lacks the direct means for accessing power. In the process, the aim is to contribute a brief account of the historical genealogies behind such projects and argue for an understanding of infrastructure as a site for the production of future aspirations and political engagement for marginalized communities.
ISSN:2196-629X
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/meta.2018.10.7590