“The Ethnography of Infrastructure”: An Analysis


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"The Ethnography of Infrastructure": An Analysis
IntroductionIn her informative article, “The Ethnography of Infrastructure”, Susan Leigh Star explores the methodological aspects of studying infrastructures, mainly information infrastructures, identifies a number of dimensions of infrastructure, and offers several ‘tricks of the trade’ for ‘reading’ infrastructure and ‘un-freezing’ some of its features. My direct experiences with Internet usage and study of analyses written by Daniel Miller, Don Slater, Jeanette Blomberg and other scholars confirm the validity of Star’s analysis, and have been very helpful in expanding my understanding of the ethnography of infrastructure, particularly in terms of the Internet’s infrastructure.
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