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Water in Atmospheric Suspension

Contact Zones between Ethnography and Speculative Realism

Chakad Ojani

visible in the distance, strikingly blue and contrasting sharply with the arid desert landscape. Assisted by two Spanish undergraduate volunteers, Manuel's colleague, Diego, has already begun to unearth a plastic water container. The biologists keep the

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Not so much the water as what's in it

Engineering anthropology for beginners

Michael Thompson and M. Bruce Beck

There is, it is often observed, no waste in nature; waste comes from culture. This means that if there were no human‐generated material flows – water, energy, phosphorus, nitrogen, food, carbon dioxide and so on – there would be no waste. But it does not follow from this that the more human‐generated flows there are, the more waste there will be. By re‐engineering our cities’ infrastructures in ways that enjoy the consent of their citizens – our focus in this paper is on water and its conversion into wastewater – we can progressively alter the material flows from ‘bad’ to ‘good’, with the ultimate goal of making those cities into forces for good in the environment.

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Mineral springs, primitive accumulation, and the “new water” in Mexico

Casey Walsh

English abstract: This article explores the process of centralization of water resources by the Mexican nation-state between 1880 and 1940, and, in particular, how the postrevolutionary state facilitated, after 1920, the transference of control over the Topo Chico mineral springs from the local agrarian community to industrial bottling companies. Using archival evidence, it highlights the importance of science and law in this process and argues that centralization must be understood in terms of “primitive accumulation.” The article focuses on hot mineral springs, which provide a privileged window on centralization and primitive accumulation but are largely ignored in the historiography of water.

Spanish abstract: El artículo explora el proceso de centralización de los recursos hídricos por parte del Estado Mexicano entre 1880–1940, y particularmente analiza la manera en que después de 1920 el estado posrevolucionario facilitó la transferencia del control de las comunidades agrarias locales de los manantiales de Topo Chico, a las empresas embotelladoras industriales. Utilizando fuentes de archivo, el autor evidencia la importancia de la ciencia y el derecho en este proceso, y muestra que la centralización debe entenderse con base en la “acumulación primitiva”. Este artículo se centra en el estudio de las fuentes minerales termales, las cuales a pesar de ser una ventana privilegiada para la centralización y la acumulación primitiva, han sido ampliamente ignoradas por la historiografía hídrica.

French abstract: Cet article explore le processus de centralisation des ressources hydriques par l'Etat-nation mexicain entre 1880 et 1940, et en particulier la façon dont l'Etat postrévolutionnaire a facilité, à partir de 1920, le transfert du contrôle des sources hydriques de Topo Chico des communautés agraires locales aux entreprises d'embouteillage industriels. Fondé sur les sources documentaires archivistiques, il souligne l'importance de la science et du droit dans ce processus, et fait valoir que la centralisation doit être comprise en termes «d'accumulation primitive». L'article se concentre sur les sources d'eaux minérales chaudes, qui fournissent une fenêtre privilégiée sur la centralisation et l'accumulation primitive, mais sont largement ignorées dans l'historiographie de l'eau.

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Capacity as Aggregation

Promises, Water and a Form of Collective Care in Northeast Brazil

Andrea Ballestero

of water, scholars have documented the fraught and unequal implications of material scarcity and excess, and of its commodification or recognition as a right ( Aiyer 2007 ; Anand 2011 ; Ballestero 2015 ; Barnes 2014 ; Carse 2012 ; Morita 2016

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Streams to the Ocean of Wisdom

Reflections on Ben Sira 24

Mark L. Solomon

, which is not expressed by Wisdom herself, but by Ben Sira the narrator, after he has identified Wisdom with the Torah of Moses. This is the metaphor of water, which dominates the last ten verses of the chapter. If the tree metaphor looks back to Proverbs

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Water, Water Everywhere (or, Seeing Is Believing): The Visibility of Water Supply and the Public Will for Conservation

Kate Pride Brown

demand more water supplies, while pollution, salinization, and climate change threaten resources that already exist. In the United States and throughout the developed world, cities have large, complex systems for the delivery of freshwater to a

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No One Can Hold It Back

The Theopolitics of Water and Life in Chilean Patagonia without Dams

Carlota McAllister

, déjala correr ” called out repeatedly over fast cumbia rhythms. This expression works like the English “don't be a dog in the manger,” but literally translates as “the water you can't drink, let it flow.” Whenever “Loco Loco” came on—and it always did

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Local perspectives on confronting water scarcity

The Mexican portion of the Colorado River

Alfonso Andrés Cortez-Lara, José Luís Castro-Ruíz, and Vicente Sánchez-Munguía

Climate change represents a threat and a major challenge to local communities and water users worldwide. In the Colorado River Basin, several climate models’ predictions show the predominance of high temperatures, diminishing snowpack in the upper

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The OECD Water Governance Principles in Flood Risk Management

Understanding Conflicts and Frictions in Dutch Flood Protection

Nadine Keller, Barbara Tempels, and Thomas Hartmann

Water governance has attracted increasing attention as a policy concern in recent years ( Woodhouse and Muller 2017 ). For example, the World Economic Forum (2021) identifies water crises as one of the top global risks in the last years. Floods

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Engineering responsibility

Environmental mitigation and the limits of commensuration in a Chilean mining project

Fabiana Li

Focusing on a controversial gold mining project in Chile, this article examines how engineers and other mining professionals perceive and help shape Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Compensation agreements, environmental management, and community relations programs rest on what I call a logic of equivalence that makes the environmental consequences of mining activity commensurate with the mining companies’ mitigation plans. For example, legal codes enable engineers to measure, compare, and reconcile the costs and benefits of a project. However, the law is neither fixed nor uncontestable, and companies must respond to increased public scrutiny and the growing demands of communities, governments, and international actors. In Chile, campaigns against mining focused on the presence of glaciers at the mine site and the project’s possible effects on water availability. By introducing new moral dimensions to debates over corporate responsibility, these campaigns challenged established strategies of commensuration and existing ethical guideposts.