Drawing on wide-ranging ethnographic and media research, Rahul Mukherjee has crafted an insightful account of what ‘radiant infrastructures’ like cell phone towers and nuclear reactors tell us about India's media ecology. Tracking environmental controversies surrounding new technologies, Mukherjee does a superb job of analyzing the role of media in shaping new cultures of uncertainty in countries like India. A major contribution to media studies, environmental studies, and critical infrastructure studies, this book is sure to inspire scholars interested in media technologies and politics in South Asia and beyond.
"Written in a lively and polemic style, the book is a compelling read. . . . Radiant Infrastructures skillfully cuts across and contributes to key debates on infrastructure, global media, postcolonialism, materiality, and global publics within media and communication studies, as well as to science and technology studies by outlining the role of media—broadly defined—in shaping scientific controversies, and it will be a compelling reading for a broad range of readers."
With an inventive interdisciplinary approach and engaging literary style, Rahul Mukherjee presents the new concept and analytical device of radiant infrastructures. His book makes an important contribution to media and infrastructure studies by providing new understandings of infrastructure as a radiant system.