Bijker, “American and Dutch Coastal Engineering: Differences in Risk Conception and Differences in Technological Culture”

Wiebe E. Bijker (2007) “American and Dutch Coastal Engineering: Differences in RiskConception and Differences in Technological Culture,” Social Studies of Science, 37:143–152. “How is it possible that the USA failed to keep New Orleans dry, when large parts of the Netherlands can exist below sea level? This question, with all its implicit rhetoric about the…

Carroll-Burke “Material Designs: Engineering Cultures and Engineering States – Ireland 1650-1900”

Carroll-Burke, Patrick. “Material Designs: Engineering Cultures and Engineering States – Ireland 1650-1900” Theory and Society, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Feb., 2002), pp. 75-114 “In particular, I seek to elaborate a theoretical concept of “engineering cultures,” and through that “engineering states,” by employing a triangulated analysis of ideas (discursive and institutionalized), practices (embodied, temporalized, and organized),…

Bijker, “Dikes and Dams, Thick with Politics”

Dikes and Dams, Thick with PoliticsAuthor(s): Wiebe E. BijkerSource: Isis, Vol. 98, No. 1 (March 2007), pp. 109-123 ABSTRACT: Things are thick with politics. This essay illustrates the point by focusing on a variety of technologies that help to manage water: anicuts and tanks in India, dikes and a storm surge barrier in the Netherlands,…

Kooy and Bakker, “Technologies of Government: Constituting Subjectivities, Spaces, and Infrastructures in Colonial and Contemporary Jakarta”

MICHELLE KOOY and KAREN BAKKER, “Technologies of Government: Constituting Subjectivities, Spaces, and Infrastructures in Colonial and Contemporary Jakarta” Volume 32.2 June 2008 375–91 International Journal of Urban and Regional Research DOI:10.1111/j.1468-2427.2008.00791.x Abstract This article seeks to extend recent debates on urban infrastructure access by exploring the interrelationship between subjectivity, urban space and infrastructure. Specifically, it…

Espeland, “Bureaucrats and Indians in a Contemporary Colonial Encounter”

Espeland, “Bureaucrats and Indians in a Contemporary Colonial Encounter”Law & Social Inquiry. 03/2001; 26(2):403 – 433. DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-4469.2001.tb00183.x ABSTRACT: This article investigates the effects of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 ,in structuring an encounter over a decision about building a dam in central Arizona. From the vantage point of three groups with deep…

Molle, et al. “Hydraulic bureaucracies and the hydraulic mission: Flows of water, flows of power.”

Molle, F.; Mollinga, P.P. and Wester, P. 2009. Hydraulic bureaucracies and the hydraulic mission: Flows of water, flows of power. Water Alternatives 2(3): 328‐349 ABSTRACT: Anchored in 19th century scientism and an ideology of the domination of nature, inspired by colonial hydraulic feats, and fuelled by technological improvements in high dam constructions and power generation…