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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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The state(s) of the road

The state(s) of the road

(p.33) 3 The state(s) of the road
The Road

Dimitris Dalakoglou

Manchester University Press

This chapter departs from the first highways built in Albania during WWI and passing through the Italian fascist’s regime’s road project of the 1930s, focuses on the socialist period. I propose a view of socialism from the aspect of infrastructure construction and usage and an understanding of notions of manual labour as a measure of creating socialist subjects. Moreover, in this chapter I suggest a methodological division important for the historical understanding of network infrastructure: the division between the physical disposition of the infrastructure and the flows within the network, as one does not necessarily imply the other.

Keywords:   Socialism, State, Fascism, Infrastructures, Citizenship, Subjects, Development, Modernisation

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