Road to the Periphery: An Account of Border-Making through Infrastructure

Ajin, Sherin (2022) Road to the Periphery: An Account of Border-Making through Infrastructure. Antrhropology in Action, 29 (2). pp. 27-34.

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Abstract: In the past two decades, everyday politics of infrastructure have garnered rich scholarly attention. A polysemous infrastructure that permeates everyday life, roads for long have emerged as effective sites of state craft. Employing the case of a road leading to the Sino-Indian border area of Tawang, this article argues that roads are critical to the project of border-making and management. Drawing from my road journeys to Tawang, I discuss the ways in which roads are strategised by the state to govern its border citizens. Often, visual proximity of roads casts the impression of the state which is near to its people. However, this article foregrounds that even through their conspicuous absence and disrepair, roads register the palpable presence of the state.
Item Type: Journal Paper
Keywords: border, border management, roads, security, state making, Tawang, waiting
Subjects: School of Social Sciences > Anthropology
Doctoral Programme > PhD Scholar Publications
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2022 09:37
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 09:37
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    DOI: 10.3167/aia.2022.290203

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