A Moral Technology: Electrification as Political Ritual in by Leo Coleman

By Leo Coleman

In India during the last century, electrification has intended many stuff: it's been a colonial present of recent expertise, a device of nationwide integration and political verbal exchange, and a way of gauging the country's participation in globalization. electrical lighting fixtures have marked out locations of strength, and large infrastructures were put in in hopes of figuring out political supplies. In A ethical Technology, the grids and wires of an city public application are published to be not just fabric items but in addition gadgets of severe ethical difficulty. Leo Coleman bargains a particular anthropological method of electrification in New Delhi as greater than simply an monetary or business approach, or a "gridding" of social and political relatives. it can be understood as a substitute as a ritual motion that has shaped glossy city groups and people’s experience of citizenship, and dependent debates over nation strength and political legitimacy.

Coleman explores 3 old and ethnographic case reviews from the founding of recent Delhi as an imperial capital urban, to its reshaping as a countrywide capital for post-independence India, as much as its fresh emergence as a modern international urban. those case reports heavily describe technological politics, rituals, and felony reforms at key moments of political switch in India, and jointly they help Coleman’s argument that ritual performances, ethical judgments, and technological installations mix to form smooth nation energy, civic existence, and political community.

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