Hacking the Underground: Disability, Infrastructure, and London's Public Transport System (Feminist Technosciences) (Paperback)

Hacking the Underground: Disability, Infrastructure, and London's Public Transport System (Feminist Technosciences) By Raquel Velho, Banu Subramaniam (Editor), Rebecca Herzig (Editor) Cover Image
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Reveals how knowledge from the margins shapes infrastructures

"Minding the gap" while using a wheelchair on the London Underground goes beyond a sharp eye and careful foot placement to avoid a fall: it can entail carrying and deploying a portable ramp to embark and disembark or carefully mapping out a custom route ahead of time. The extensive infrastructure of London's public transportation system requires constant improvisation from users who move through the system differently than nondisabled people do. Centering the voices of disabled passengers, Hacking the Underground highlights how marginalized groups subvert and ultimately transform infrastructures, actively shaping them.

Raquel Velho draws on emancipatory action research in London, capturing the hegemonic character of infrastructures without losing the experiences and actions of marginalized users. Proposing a crip feminist and profoundly relational approach to infrastructure, Velho illustrates how the built environment holds the potential for both inclusionary and exclusionary world-building.

About the Author


Raquel Velho is assistant professor of science and technology studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780295751948
ISBN-10: 0295751940
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication Date: November 21st, 2023
Pages: 202
Language: English
Series: Feminist Technosciences