Temporalities of Assembling Transport Systems: Presences and Absences in an Intermittent Process (revised version)

  • Malve Jacobsen
Keywords: absence and presence, materialisation, planning process, scripts, temporalities

Abstract

Present absences and absent presences, both in material and discursive shapes, provide insights into the social and political dimensions of infrastructures and their processes of planning, implementing and stabilising. Taking the case of a transport system in Dar es Salaam (DART) whose planning and implementation process is highly intermittent, this article illustrates how the bus system exists in a constant (re‑)making by its (non‑)human actors. Due to translations of ideals, social interactions, and negotiations of power and by the presences and absences of material components and appearances, behaviours and discourses DART’s objects temporarily have different shapes. The text concludes with the idea that the various forms of presence and absence – expressed in different scripts – shape the technological system and intermittent process.
Published
2017-05-24
How to Cite
Jacobsen, M. (2017). Temporalities of Assembling Transport Systems: Presences and Absences in an Intermittent Process (revised version). Ethnographies of Objects in Science and Technology Studies, 1, 52-64. https://doi.org/10.13154/eoo.1.2017.52-64