The politics of bottled water: Assembling bottled water as brand, waste and oil

Hawkins, Gay (2009) The politics of bottled water: Assembling bottled water as brand, waste and oil. Journal of Cultural Economy, 2 1-2: 183-195. doi:10.1080/17530350903064196

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Author Hawkins, Gay
Title The politics of bottled water: Assembling bottled water as brand, waste and oil
Journal name Journal of Cultural Economy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1753-0350
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17530350903064196
Open Access Status
Volume 2
Issue 1-2
Start page 183
End page 195
Total pages 13
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract This paper investigates the rise of bottled water as a commodity that has inaugurated distinct drinking conducts and material politics. Rather than reiterate existing critiques of this phenomenon based on exposing the political economy of the industry, the focus, here, is on the constitutive role of bottles in social and political life. In seeking to understand the potency of bottles in various forms of everyday conduct the paper analyses the diversity of associations between humans and bottles and the ways in which the bottle, in some arrangements, can be understood as having political capacities. Once the bottle's contingent materiality is recognized, it ceases to be simply an inert bad object and becomes, instead, a heterogeneous and complex artefact that participates in political process in different ways; something that is, quite literally, the stuff of politics.
Keyword Material presence
Regimes of living
Object-oriented democracy
Distributed agency
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Assembling Culture

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