A Tramway Called Atonement: Genealogies of Infrastructure and Emerging Political Imaginaries in Contemporary Casablanca

  • Cristiana Strava Leiden University
Keywords: Morocco, infrastructure, mobility, affect, political imaginaries

Abstract

This article explores the role of infrastructure in the production of post-colonial political imaginaries linked to mobility and expectations of social justice. I focus on how the building of the Casablanca tramway opened up new ways for engaging in political commentary and participation for a segment of the city that frequently lacks the direct means for accessing power. In the process, the aim is to contribute a brief account of the historical genealogies behind such projects and argue for an understanding of infrastructure as a site for the production of future aspirations and political engagement for marginalized communities.

Author Biography

Cristiana Strava, Leiden University
School of Middle Eastern Studies (LIAS), Assistant Professor
Published
2018-06-14
How to Cite
Strava, C. “A Tramway Called Atonement: Genealogies of Infrastructure and Emerging Political Imaginaries in Contemporary Casablanca”. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Vol. 10, June 2018, pp. 22-29, doi:10.17192/meta.2018.10.7590.
Section
Anti/Thesis