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Coming to terms with affective infrastructure

Wilson, Helen F.

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Affective infrastructure has become an unremarkable feature of geographical research. By examining how ‘affective infrastructure’ has been mobilised within geography and political theory, and charting its distinguishing features – whether as metaphor, analogy, or material-technical system – I suggest that Bosworth's explication presents an opportunity for thinking about the role and development of concepts more broadly. Using the Tyne Bridge as an example of affective infrastructure, I reflect on the mechanisms through which a concept appears and ask whether ‘affective infrastructure's' ‘power’ comes from its circulation as a term or shorthand. In clarifying its analytical utility, I ask what implications there might be for ‘affective infrastructure's' spaces of connotation, and what is at stake when a concept appears.


Wilson, H. F. (2023). Coming to terms with affective infrastructure. Dialogues in Human Geography, 13(1), 81-85.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 4, 2023
Online Publication Date Feb 19, 2023
Publication Date 2023-03
Deposit Date Feb 24, 2023
Publicly Available Date May 30, 2023
Journal Dialogues in Human Geography
Print ISSN 2043-8206
Electronic ISSN 2043-8214
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 1
Pages 81-85
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