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Securing Perception: Assembling Electricity Networks

in The Victorian Eye

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226640761
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226640785 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226640785.003.0007
Securing Perception: Assembling Electricity Networks

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This chapter offers a detailed study of early electricity infrastructure, from mains and streetlamps to domestic meters and switches, in order to explore the attempt to construct autonomous systems that secured perceptual aptitudes that were themselves vital elements of liberal subjectivity. It concludes with a case study of the illumination of the City of London in the final two decades of the century.

Keywords: British electricity networks; electricity infrastructure; perceptual aptitudes; liberal subjectivity; London; illumination

Chapter.  13673 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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