• What Is Water

What Is Water

What Is Water

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  • Author
    Jamie Linton
  • Publisher
    Ubc Press
  • Publication date
    01 July 2010

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    What Is Water

  • Author

    Jamie Linton

  • Date Published

    01 July 2010

  • Publisher

    Ubc Press

  • Pages

    352 pages

  • ISBN

    9780774859134

Book Description

We all know what water is, and we often take it for granted. Because it seems so natural, we seldom question how we see water. But the spectre of a worldwide water crisis suggests that there might be something fundamentally wrong with the way we think about water.

Jamie Linton dives into the history of the modern concept of water, that water can be stripped of its wider environmental, social, and cultural contexts and reduced to a scientific abstraction – to mere H20. This abstraction has given modern society licence to dam, divert, and manipulate water with impunity, giving rise to a growing suite of problems. Linton argues that part of the solution to the water crisis involves deliberately reinvesting water with social content.

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