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Building with wildlife: project geographies and cosmopolitics in infrastructure construction

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posted on 21.04.2016 by Dan Sage, Andrew Dainty, Kjell Tryggestad, Lise Justesen, Jan Mouritsen
Across many construction projects, and especially infrastructure projects, efforts to mitigate potential loss of biodiversity and habitat are significant concerns, and at times politically controversial. And yet, thus far, very little research has addressed the interplay of humans and animals within construction projects. Instead those interested in the politics and ethics of human-animal relations, or animal studies, have arguably focused far more on more stable and contained sites, whether organizations like zoos, farms or laboratories, or other places like homes and parks. These largely ethnographic studies inevitably perhaps downplay the unplanned, unexpected and highly politically and ethically charged, collision of hitherto rather separate human and animal geographies. Yet it is often within such colliding spaces, where animal geographies are unexpectedly found at the heart of human projects, that we formulate our respect and response to both animals and indeed other humans. We develop an examination of such encounters, with conceptual reference to actor-network theory, and documented empirically through case studies of two infrastructure projects; the findings of our research are relevant to both construction project management and future animal studies.

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School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Construction Management and Economics

Volume

32

Issue

7-8

Pages

773 - 786

Citation

SAGE, D. ... et al, 2014. Building with wildlife: project geographies and cosmopolitics in infrastructure construction. Construction Management and Economics, 32 (7-8), pp. 773 - 786.

Publisher

© Taylor and Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2014

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Construction Management and Economics on 6th May 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01446193.2014.911933

ISSN

0144-6193

eISSN

1466-433X

Language

en

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