Article ID: CBB718907690

The Trampoline of death: Infrastructural violence in Colombia’s Putumayo frontier (June 2020)


Simón Uribe (Author)

The Journal of Transport History
Volume: 41
Issue: 1
Pages: 47-69

Publication Date: June 2020
Edition Details: Special issue: The Historical Ironies of Roads
Language: English

Roads are usually conceived as technologies aimed at improving peoples’ economic and social welfare. As they are commonly portrayed as synonymous with mobility and with access to markets, jobs and services, their existence tends to be assumed as a major catalyst for development. This view often obscures the ways in which they affect people’s lives. This article seeks to shed light on this dimension of transport infrastructure through a historical account of a road in Colombia’s Andean-Amazon region. Infamously known as the Trampoline of death, this road has turned into an infrastructural landscape heavily invested with feelings of fear, isolation, disconnection and abandonment. Although these feelings are usually assumed as expressions of political and territorial exclusion, I will argue that, at deeper level, they reflect the violent ways in which this region has been discursively and materially included into the state.

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Article De Greiff A. Alexis; Hård Mikael (June 2020) The historical ironies of roads. The Journal of Transport History (pp. 3-5). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Harvey, Penelope
Know, Hannah
Dimitris Dalakoglou
Kristina Lyons
Levine, Ethan Czuy
Waidzunas, Thomas John
The Journal of Transport History
Social Studies of Science
Environmental History
Acque Sotterranee
Cornell University Press
Manchester University Press
Temple University
Rutgers University Press
Orion Publishing
The University of Chicago Press
Roads and highways
Technology and politics
Technology and society
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
17th century
18th century
United States
South America
Balkan Peninsula

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