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Plastic Water
Author: Gay Hawkins

ISBN: 9780262029414
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 13 August 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7
Description:


How and why branded bottles of water have insinuated themselves into our daily lives, and what the implications are for safe urban water supplies.

How did branded bottles of water insinuate themselves into our daily lives? Why did water become an economic good -- no longer a common resource but a commercial product, in industry parlance a "fast moving consumer good," or FMCG? Plastic Water examines the processes behind this transformation. It goes beyond the usual political and environmental critiques of bottled water to investigate its multiplicity, examining a bottle of water's simultaneous existence as, among other things, a product, personal health resource, object of boycotts, and part of accumulating waste matter. Throughout, the book focuses on the ontological dimensions of drinking bottled water -- the ways in which this habit enacts new relations and meanings that may interfere with other drinking water practices.

The book considers the assemblage and emergence of a mass market for water, from the invention of the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle in 1973 to the development o...

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