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dc.contributor.authorAndueza, Luis
dc.contributor.authorDavies, Archie
dc.contributor.authorLoftus, Alex
dc.contributor.authorSchling, Hannah
dc.identifier.citationAndueza , L , Davies , A , Loftus , A & Schling , H 2020 , ' The body as infrastructure ' , Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space , vol. Online First .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 271014517
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: f42e0370-fe83-43e6-aaf8-5cfca0bc2d61
dc.identifier.otherBibtex: doi:10.1177/2514848620937231
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000755972300008
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, we conceptualise the human body as infrastructure, asking what kind of infrastructure it currently is and what kind of infrastructure it could be. We therefore tease out the historically and geographically specific ways in which human bodies have been (re)produced as infrastructure, emphasising the violence of abstraction in capitalist modernity that transforms the productive body into a technology of calorific inputs and outputs. Nevertheless, through demystifying abstract labour we point to the relations of (re)production (needed for the body’s ongoing repair) and the metabolic processes (responsible for both decay and repair) that are subsumed within a broader capitalist system of accumulation. In so doing, we turn to the immanent contradictions and struggles that resist the body’s production as a one-sided technology of circulation and through which it is, and can become, an infrastructure for life and sociality.
dc.relation.ispartofEnvironment and Planning E: Nature and Spaceen
dc.rightsCopyright © The Author(s) 2020. Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License ( 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 pages (
dc.subjectEmbodied urban political ecologyen
dc.subjectSocial reproduction theoryen
dc.subjectH Social Sciences (General)en
dc.titleThe body as infrastructureen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Geography & Sustainable Developmenten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Geographies of Sustainability, Society, Inequalities and Possibilitiesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Environmental Change Research Groupen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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