In the contemporary "overheated", neoliberal, deregulated world, large-scale infrastructural developments often lead to controversy in the localities directly affected, and this panel explores these conflicts through the lens of "clashing scales", enabling a fresh look at "ways of dwelling".
Deregulated markets, instantaneous communication and vastly reduced transportation costs are among the factors that stimulate accelerated global change and investments in infrastructure. This panel will explore local responses to large-scale infrastructural developments through the analytical lens of clashing scales. Although anthropologists have always studied tensions and conflicts between local concerns and large-scale projects, clashing scales remain to be elaborated analytically. Investors and the politicians supporting them tend to take a large-scale approach to costs, benefits and circumstances, while the people directly affected by infrastructural developments are concerned, rather, with their livelihood and the sustainability of their community. In the deregulated, neoliberal world, there is a general tendency towards scaling up economic activities, in a bid to increase profits and enhance competitiveness. In this panel, we wish to explore implications, perceptions and local responses to the clashing scales resulting from community concerns being confronted with large-scale developments or the prospect thereof. Papers may focus on ports, mines, roads, housing estates, tourist facilities or other large-scale infrastructural developments, seen through the lens of clashing scales with a main focus on 'ways of dwelling' where the developments are taking place.