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The extension of centrally managed electricity grids has become synonymous with development, modernity and markets. What does the grid mean and how has the expansion of the grid in the global south been shaped by neoliberal policies and programmes?

Seminar Readings

Two chapters from either of the following books:

1) MacDonald, David A., ed. (2009) Electric Capitalism: Re-colonising Africa on the Power Grid. Cape Town: HSRC Press.
2) Kale, Sunila S. (2014) Electrifying India: Regional Political Economies of Development. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press.

See synopses of key readings below