The bridge, the fund and insurance in Dar es Salaam
This chapter conceptualises the broad scope of repertoires manoeuvring
economic governance through anticipation as ‘popular insurance’ by exploring
hedging strategies in Dar es Salaam, a city where access to social security
is highly constrained, public goods are scarce, yet insurance is brokered.
Drawing on eighteen months of fieldwork, including three months interning
with a Tanzanian social insurance fund, the chapter suggests a tripartite
relational model for exploring the ways in which the infrastructures of a
bridge in central Dar es Salaam interface with the financial infrastructures
of the ‘modernising’ nascent welfare state, mediated by the cultural
calculation of risk. By doing so the chapter shows that insurance is a
practised infrastructure enacted by different actors in the city, where the
notion of risk might have multiple meanings and be negotiated on different
levels and timescales.