Book ID: CBB757249631

A Future History of Water (2019)


Ballestero, Andrea (Author)

Duke University Press

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 248
Language: English

Based on fieldwork among state officials, NGOs, politicians, and activists in Costa Rica and Brazil, A Future History of Water traces the unspectacular work necessary to make water access a human right and a human right something different from a commodity. Andrea Ballestero shows how these ephemeral distinctions are made through four technolegal devices—formula, index, list and pact. She argues that what is at stake in these devices is not the making of a distinct future but what counts as the future in the first place. A Future History of Water is an ethnographically rich and conceptually charged journey into ant-filled water meters, fantastical water taxonomies, promises captured on slips of paper, and statistical maneuvers that dissolve the human of human rights. Ultimately, Ballestero demonstrates what happens when instead of trying to fix its meaning, we make water’s changing form the precondition of our analyses.

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Review Johannes Chan (2022) Review of "A Future History of Water". Science as Culture (pp. 408-411). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Tom Kane
Takehiro Ohya
Susan M. Ross
Dandler, Florian
Nick Novelli
Muchaparara Musemwa
Science as Culture
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Mensch, Wissenschaft, Magie
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Public Understanding of Science
IEEE Technology and Society Magazine
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Africa World Press, Inc.
University of California, San Diego
University of California Press
Ohio University Press
Technology and ethics
Water supply
Technology and law
Water resource management
Water quality
Technology and society
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
United States
Kilimanjaro, Mount
Georgia (U.S.)

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