|Title||A road to development? Rural perspectives on infrastructure maintenance in Solomon Islands|
|Author(s)||Hobbis, Stephanie Ketterer|
|Source||Development in Practice 29 (2019)6. - ISSN 0961-4524 - p. 748 - 759.|
Sociology of Development and Change
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||Aid–Development policies - Environment (built and natural) - Oceania and Japan - Technology|
The Solomon Islands Government and its development partners are heavily investing in road maintenance programmes to promote development in the small islands least developed state. Based on 12 months of ethnographic fieldwork, this article challenges the future orientation of these programmes. Instead it emphasises rural Solomon Islanders’ past and present experiences with road-based mobilities and state-sponsored road maintenance projects. These experiences reveal roads and road repairs as a source of insecurity, immorality, and potential state violence that sideline, if not obstruct, hopes for any imagined future that a maintained road may (or may not) bring.