Material Politics Disputes Along the Pipeline

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  • Copyright: 2013-11-11
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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In Material Politics, author Andrew Barry reveals that as we are beginning to attend to the importance of materials in political life, materials has become increasingly bound up with the production of information about their performance, origins, and impact.

  • Presents an original theoretical approach to political geography by revealing the paradoxical relationship between materials and politics
  • Explores how political disputes have come to revolve not around objects in isolation, but objects that are entangled in ever growing quantities of information about their performance, origins, and impact
  • Studies the example of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline – a fascinating experiment in transparency and corporate social responsibility – and its wide-spread negative political impact
  • Capitalizes on the growing interdisciplinary interest, especially within geography and social theory, about the critical role of material artifacts in political life

Author Biography

Andrew Barry is Professor of Political Geography at Oxford University and a Fellow of St Catherine’s College. He is the author of Political Machines: Governing a Technological Society and co-editor of Foucault and Political Reason, The Technological Economy, and Interdisciplinarity: Reconfigurations of the Social and Natural Sciences.

Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Preface viii

List of Figures and Tables ix

Acknowledgements x

Abbreviations xiii

1 Introduction 1

2 The Georgian Route: Between Political and Physical Geography 31

3 Transparency ’ s Witness 57

4 Ethical Performances 75

5 The Affected Public 95

6 Visible Impacts 116

7 Material Politics 137

8 Economy and the Archive 154

9 Conclusions 177

Notes 187

References 202


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