Making water into a political material: The case of PET bottles

Hawkins, Gay (2011) Making water into a political material: The case of PET bottles. Environment and Planning A, 43 9: 2001-2006. doi:10.1068/a44306

Author Hawkins, Gay
Title Making water into a political material: The case of PET bottles
Journal name Environment and Planning A   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0308-518X
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1068/a44306
Volume 43
Issue 9
Start page 2001
End page 2006
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Pion
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
I want to think about how the ubiquitous commodity `bottled water' makes water into a political material. This is one of the driving questions of Plastic Water, a book I am currently writing with two colleagues Emily Potter and Kane Race. In approaching this question there are already a lot of answers. The bottling of water in single-serve disposable containers has generated significant economic effects in the form of new markets and profits for beverage companies and, in some places, significant political effects in the form of vigorous contestation of these markets and their impacts on natural resources and public water provision (cf Clarke, 2008). However, the challenge for our project is to understand this economy ^ politics relation beyond the logics of critique or corporate intentionality.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published under "Commentary".

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