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Care goes underground: thinking through relations of care in the maintenance and repair of urban water infrastructures

Buser, Michael and Boyer, Kate 2020. Care goes underground: thinking through relations of care in the maintenance and repair of urban water infrastructures. cultural geographies 10.1177/1474474020942796

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Abstract

This article extends understanding of the underground city and the workings of the urban backstage through a critical analysis of water infrastructure maintenance and repair. It is based on analysis of ethnographic work undertaken with water maintenance operatives on-site at 11 water infrastructure repair jobs between 2015 and 2016 in Bristol, England. In this article, we argue that water infrastructure maintenance and repair constitutes an important but largely unrecognised form of care work. We extend existing conceptual work by arguing that nonhumans can be vital participants within practices of care.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 1474-4740
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 11 June 2020
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2020 15:00
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/135542

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