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1 The Telling of the Bridge Jazz on a bridge; The modern bridge; Telling the bridge: a double construction; Engineering as story; One bridge: Two tales; Gendered bridges; New spaces; The intimate bridge; Psycho-philosophical bridges; The bridge as technology; Bridge biographies; The bridge as stage and target; Invisible bridges; The bridge as accident; Vertical politics and technologies of power; Bridge as crossing; Bridge as condensation and displacement; The smart bridge; Approaching the bridge 2 Technologies of Connection Jazz bridge as border-technology; The bridge as gift; Ponticide at Stari Most; Protesting the bridge: Hindmarsh Island; An unwanted connection? Over the bridge to Skye; Bridges and the politics of verticality; Walking the bridge and framing reconciliation; New mobilities, new boundaries, new crossings 3 The technology of assemblage: bridges and the construction of the city Introduction; Bridges and the invention of the cosmopolitan city (1800-1870); Changing perceptions, changing representations; Representation - celebration and vitality; The underside of the city bridge; Bridges and the invention of the Cosmopolitan City (1880-1920); Automobility and the city bridge (1920 - 1990); The bridge and the branding of the city; Reimagining the city bridge 4 Technologies of Extension: Burt Creek to Lhasa Burt Creek Bridge; Sumdar's bridge at Tanggulashan; The bridge as technology of extension; Crossing tracks; The technology and politics of horizontality; Bridges and the nineteenth century rail networks: Britain; Bridges and the nineteenth century rail networks: Africa and India; Bridges and the nineteenth century rail networks: the USA; The rail-bridge to Lhasa; Bridges from Alice Springs to Darwin; Selling the bridge - propaganda and promotion 5 Spanning Technologies Transcendent Span; One Hundred Years of Span; Risk and the Culture of Span; The Westgate Bridge Collapse; Super-spans and mega-cities: Hong Kong's Tsing Ma Bridge; The future of super-spans

About the Author

Peter Bishop is Associate Professor in the School of Communications, Information and New Media, at the University of South Australia. He is the author of many books including, most recently, An Archetypal Constable: National Identity and The Geography of Nostalgia (1995).


'... an excellent book, consistently thought-provoking ... it emphasised to me that much of what goes unchallenged by bridge engineers is just the result of our immersion in one of many possible stories about bridges and their creation. This book offers some of those diverse narratives, while making clear that many more remain to be told.' - The Happy Pontist

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