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Empire’s infrastructures: racial finance capitalism and liberal necropolitics

Empire’s infrastructures: racial finance capitalism and liberal necropolitics Deborah Cowen has written an illuminating paper on the nineteenth-century making of rail infrastructure and the Canadian metropolis. She connects the dots between the building of the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR) and its nodal North American cities on the one hand, and transatlantic finance and its bankrolling by racial slavery and colonialism on the one hand. It is a significant enterprise to write on one topic or the other – that is, on the history of urban infrastructures or on racial capitalism. But Cowen writes into view a global panoramic through which flows of British imperial capital are seen to be connected intimately with the development of rail infrastructure and metropolitan space in settler-colonial Canada. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Urban Geography Taylor & Francis

Empire’s infrastructures: racial finance capitalism and liberal necropolitics

Urban Geography , Volume 41 (4): 5 – Apr 20, 2020
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
1938-2847
eISSN
0272-3638
DOI
10.1080/02723638.2019.1659054
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Abstract

Deborah Cowen has written an illuminating paper on the nineteenth-century making of rail infrastructure and the Canadian metropolis. She connects the dots between the building of the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR) and its nodal North American cities on the one hand, and transatlantic finance and its bankrolling by racial slavery and colonialism on the one hand. It is a significant enterprise to write on one topic or the other – that is, on the history of urban infrastructures or on racial capitalism. But Cowen writes into view a global panoramic through which flows of British imperial capital are seen to be connected intimately with the development of rail infrastructure and metropolitan space in settler-colonial Canada.

Journal

Urban GeographyTaylor & Francis

Published: Apr 20, 2020

Keywords: Settler colonialism; empire; liberalism; rail infrastructure; racial finance capitalism

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