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On shaky ground: the making of risk in Bogotá

Zeiderman, Austin ORCID: 0000-0002-3694-3719 (2012) On shaky ground: the making of risk in Bogotá. Environment and Planning A, 44 (7). pp. 1570-1588. ISSN 0308-518X

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Identification Number: 10.1068/a44283


How does risk become a technique for governing the future of cities and urban life? Using genealogical and ethnographic methods, this paper tracks the emergence of risk management in Bogotá, Colombia, from its initial institutionalization to its ongoing implementation in governmental practice. Its specific focus is the invention of the ‘zone of high risk’ in Bogotá and the everyday work performed by the officials responsible for determining the likelihood of landslide in these areas. It addresses the ongoing formation of techniques of urban planning and governance and the active relationship between urban populations and environments and emerging forms of political authority and technical expertise. Ultimately, it reveals that techniques of risk management are made and remade as experts and nonexperts grapple with the imperative to bring heterogeneous assemblages of people and things into an unfolding technopolitical domain.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Pion
Divisions: LSE Cities
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2012 11:24
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:28

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