Anticipatory Infrastructural Practices: The coming of electricity in rural Kenya
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Drawing on anthropological infrastructure studies and STS, the paper suggests members of a community participate in the formation of an electricity infrastructure through their preparatory practices. The making of electricity infrastructures through anticipatory actions has not yet been subject to research, but as the article argues, it is precisely by acquiring competences like stacking of resources or adjusting to breakdowns and volatile electricity prices that energy infrastructures are composed. The paper further argues that certain objects of anticipation allow for making preparations in relation to uncertain electric and political futures.
By leveraging the notion of anticipatory infrastructural practices the main contribution of this article is to enrich the understanding of participatory politics to also encompass mundane actions related to energy distribution and use. This is relevant in anticipation of a future where a dramatically higher number of people will become grid connected.