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The RoadAn Ethnography of (Im)mobility, Space, and Cross-border Infrastructures in the Balkans$
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Dimitris Dalakoglou

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526109330

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526109330.001.0001

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From dromocracy toward a new critical dromology

From dromocracy toward a new critical dromology

(p.1) 1 From dromocracy toward a new critical dromology
The Road

Dimitris Dalakoglou

Manchester University Press

This is a discussion of the relationships between roads and their links to notions of culture and material culture in anthropology and other social sciences today. Theoretically, departing from Boas’ spatially fixed cultural areas and reaching Auge’s ‘non-places’; passing through Lefebvre’s, Situationists’ and Virilio’s critiques of motorways to Baudrillard’s fascination for freeways; going through Latour’s and Castells’ analyses of culture as networks and arriving to recent questions about the ontology of culture, this chapter examines the significance of roads for the anthropological study of cultural formations. Fusing this discussion with road ethnographies including Evans-Pritchard’s and Levi-Strauss’ ‘road-less anthropology’ and the histories of motorways, available in the history of technology literature, this chapter aims to open up a new discussion among anthropologists.

Keywords:   Critical Studies, Theory, Anthropology of Roads, Anthropology of Infrastructures, Spaces, Lefebvre, Virilio

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