Below is a collection of essays and articles written by social science and humanities scholars about one of the most widely found materials on earth: cement/concrete. This list has been compiled with the assistance of countless colleagues and peers at conferences and workshops over the last few years. I hope it will be useful for scholars of urban political ecology, materiality, and STS.


  • Menon, S. (Forthcoming). Class, Caste, Gender, and the Materiality of Cement Houses in India. Antipode10.1111/anti.12898
  • Choplin, A. (2020). Cementing Africa: Cement flows and city-making along the West African corridor (Accra, Lomé, Cotonou, Lagos). Urban Studies, 57(9), 1977–1993.
  • Abourahme, N. (2014). Assembling and Spilling-Over: Towards an ‘Ethnography of Cement’ in a Palestinian Refugee Camp. International Journal of Urban and Regional Planning. DOI:10.1111/1468-2427.12155
  • Harvey, P. (2019). Lithic Vitality: Human Entanglement with Nonorganic Matter, In Harvey, P., Krohn-Hansen, C. & Nustad, K. G. (Eds.) Anthropos and the Material. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Allen, F. (2015). Introduction: Concrete, Parallax, 21:3, 237-240, DOI:10.1080/13534645.2015.1058889
  • Ben Zeeve, N. (2019). Building to Survive: The Politics of Cement in Mandate Palestine. Jerusalem Quarterly: Autumn 2019.
  • Bhanu. (1995). Liberalisation and Performance of Cement Industry. Economic and Political Weekly,30(34), M111-M116. Retrieved September 1, 2020, from
  • Archambault, J.S. (2018), ‘One beer, one block’: concrete aspiration and the stuff of transformation in a Mozambican suburb. J R Anthropol Inst, 24: 692-708. doi:10.1111/1467-9655.12912
  • Cameron, J. (2009) ‘Development is a bag of cement’: the infrapolitics of participatory budgeting in the Andes, Development in Practice, 19:6, 692-701, DOI: 10.1080/09614520903026835
  • Forty, A. (2012) Concrete and culture: a material history. Reaktion Books, London
  • Harkness, Cristián Simonetti & Judith Winter (2015) Liquid Rock: Gathering, Flattening, Curing, Parallax, 21:3, 309-326, DOI: 10.1080/13534645.2015.1058885
  • Harvey, P., Knox, H. 2010. Abstraction, Materiality and the ‘Science of the Concrete’ in Engineering Practice. In Bennett, T. and Joyce, P. (eds.) Material Powers: Cultural Studies, History and the Material Turn. Routledge.
  • Harvey, P. 2010. Cementing Relations: The Materiality of Roads and Public Spaces in Provincial Peru. Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology.
  • Nitzan-Shiftan, A. 2009. On Concrete and Stone: Shifts and Conflicts in Israeli Architecture. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review. Volume XXI: Number I.
  • Simonetti, C. 2017. Limestone. In Harkness, R. (eds.). Knowing from the inside: An unfinished compendium of materials. University of Aberdeen.
  • Simonetti, C., Ingold, T. (2018). Ice and Concrete: Solid Fluids of Environmental Change. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology. 5.1 (2018) 19–31.
  • Stolz, Rosalie (2019) Making Aspirations Concrete? ʻGood Houses’ and Mockery in Upland Laos, Ethnos, DOI: 10.1080/00141844.2019.1696864
  • Zeiderman, Austin (2019) Concrete peace: building security through infrastructure in Colombia. Anthropological Quarterly. ISSN 0003-5491
  • Forte, Giuseppina. “Concrete Embeds: Assembling Modern Modernity in the Periphery of Mexico City.” Book chapter, in Mexico City: Materiality, Performance, and Power. Crysler, Greig and Maria Comerio Carranco (eds.), Metropolitan Autonomous University Press (forthcoming, 2020)

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