This book revisits many aspects of current social science
theories, such as actor-network theory and the French school of
science and technology studies, to test how the theories apply in a
specific situation, in this case after 1991 in the city of
Cherepovets in Russia, home of Russiaa (TM)s second biggest steel
producer, Severstal. Using political philosophy to analyse the
down-to-earth details of the real techno-scientific problems facing
the world, the book examines the role of things - and urban
infrastructure in particular - in political change. It considers
how the citya (TM)s infrastructure, including housing, ICT
networks, the provision of public utilities of all kinds, has been
transformed in recent years; examines the roles of different actors
including the municipal authorities, and explores citizensa (TM)
differing and sometimes contradictory images of their city. It
includes a great deal of new thinking on how communities are built,
how common action is initiated to provide public goods, and how the
goods themselves - physical things a " are a crucial driver of
community action and community building, arguably more so than more
abstract social and human forces.
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