A Moral Technology

A Moral Technology: Electrification as Political Ritual in New Delhi is a historical anthropology of the urban grid in Delhi and a study of debates over technology and society in India, including Gandhi’s deeply moral critiques and the contemporary embrace of technology as a pathway to prosperity. This book examines technological relations in Delhi and beyond from imperial installations to neoliberal privatization, as they shaped and were shaped by legal and political forces and as they have raised constitutional concerns and inspired new political mobilizations. Click here for the publisher’s page about the book.


Blurbs from the book’s back cover:

“Leo Coleman persuasively argues that the ideological burden and meaning of electricity inform its physical distribution while demonstrating how political associations, relationships, and networks are imagined, cast, and reconfigured through the distribution of electricity.”
—Ritika Prasad, author of Tracks of Change

“Leo Coleman’s historical ethnography beautifully illustrates the intricate links between ritual and energy, political imagination and electrical infrastructure, and moralizing visions and material technologies.”
—Douglas Rogers, author of The Depths of Russia

A Moral Technology draws valuable attention to new capacities afforded by technology. Audacious in its conceptual sweep, this book has much to offer to scholars of anthropology and technology”
—Ravi Sundaram, author of Pirate Modernity

“An electrifying read! Leo Coleman lays out the political, social, and moral stakes of electrification enacted as a technological ritual for nation building like no other ethnography of infrastructure to date.”
—Christina Schwenkel, author of The American War in Contemporary Vietnam