What Is Water?

What Is Water? : The History of a Modern Abstraction

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This history of an idea whose consequences have helped produce a global crisis will be of interest to students and scholars of environmental science, water managers, and concerned citizens who want to explore fresh approaches to fundamental environmental problems.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 580g
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • English
  • 30 b&w illustrations
  • 077481702X
  • 9780774817028
  • 758,904

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Jamie Lintondives into the history of water as an abstract concept, stripped of its environmental, social, and cultural contexts. Reduced to a scientific abstraction - to mere H20 - this concept has given modern society licence to dam, divert, and manipulate water with apparent impunity. Part of the solution to the water crisis involves reinvesting water with social content, thus altering the way we see water.
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Table of contents

Foreword: Making Waves / Graeme Wynn


Part 1: Introduction

1 Fixing the Flow: The Things We Make of Water

2 Relational Dialectics: Putting Things in Fluid Terms

Part 2: The History of Modern Water

3 Intimations of Modern Water

4 From Premodern Waters to Modern Water

5 The Hydrologic Cycle(s): Scientific and Sacred

6 The Hortonian Hydrologic Cycle

7 Reading the Resource: Modern Water, the Hydrologic Cycle, and the Stat

8 Culmination: Global Water

Part 3: The Constitutional Crisis of Modern Water

9 The Constitution of Modern Water

10 Modern Water in Crisis

11 Sustaining Modern Water: The New "Global Water Regime"

Part 4: Conclusion: What Becomes of Water

12 Hydrolectics



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Jamie Linton's excellent analysis fills a gap in the understanding of our conceptions of water. His critiques of the water crisis and the new paradigm of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) are simply brilliant and long overdue. The book is easy to read for an audience new to the literature on water from a social science perspective. -- Olivier Graefe, University of Fribourg * Social & Cultural Geography * Linton's message needs to be taken seriously by anyone for whom water is something more than so many molecules of H2O ... it is a message that should be incorporated into both introductory and advanced courses in a number of disciplines dealing not only with water but with all natural resources. -- David B. Brooks, Fresh Water, Friends of the Earth, Canada * Critical Policy Studies, Vol. 4, No. 4 * Linton presents the issues in impressive breadth and depth, and tells a compelling story. Recommended. -- Choice * I.D. Sasowsky, University of Akron * The publication of Jamie Linton's superb monograph, What is Water?, provides an opportunity to consider the development of relational and dialectical thought within geography and especially how this has developed around the subject of water. -- Alex Loftus, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London * The Geographical Journal *
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About Jamie Linton

Jamie Linton is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Queen's University.
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