chapter  3
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Infrastructural Change and Sustainable Consumption

The extent to which technologies define the practices of consumers and structure systems of provision is not immediately obvious, especially in the context of recent infrastructural fragmentation and flux. When viewed alongside the rather static, stable and undifferentiated technical networks of provision that consumers have become accustomed to, it becomes apparent that new combinations of power stations, distribution networks, landfill sites, bins, pylons, transformers, reservoirs and tanks create significantly different contexts for consumption. In this chapter, we reflect upon the changing relations between consumers and infrastructures and upon new combinations of technologies and practice currently redefining the meaning of service provision.