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Our Electric Air

Webb, Martin. 2017. Our Electric Air. Cultural Anthropology, ISSN 0886-7356 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

In Delhi, the spinning wheels of growth grind into the ground, throwing up smoke and dust. Construction BOOMS—the sound of the city’s growing pains. As developments rise, air quality falls. In this risky society, purity and danger are redefined. Delhi’s air is now understood to be freighted with matter out of place. Breathing has become a problem. Everyone suffers; as Ulrich Beck (1992, 36) once argued, “smog is democratic.” At least, it used to be. Air purification machines, now available in the city’s home appliance markets, promise to scrub airborne particles from the homes of people who can afford them.

Item Type:

Article

Keywords:

Smart Air, DIY, Air Purifier,

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology

Dates:

DateEvent
19 December 2017Published

Item ID:

23376

Date Deposited:

25 May 2018 11:56

Last Modified:

25 May 2018 13:57

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/23376

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