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Beyond the Big DitchPolitics, Ecology, and Infrastructure at the Panama Canal$
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Ashley Carse

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028110

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028110.001.0001

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Getting Across and Getting Around

Getting Across and Getting Around

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Beyond the Big Ditch

Ashley Carse

The MIT Press

This chapter depicts everyday experiences with transportation infrastructure around the Panama Canal. By following the roads that link terminus cities, transportation facilities, and rural areas, it shows how these spaces are connected to one another and networked with global infrastructures. As one moves further from the shipping lane, local transportation infrastructure is less well maintained. Rural areas are marked by decayed rural development infrastructure, a former “global” project that once played a more prominent role in the area.

Keywords:   decay, everyday life, global transportation, local transportation, maintenance, roads, rural development infrastructure, global projects

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