publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2018

Worlding via water:Desalination, cluster development and the ‘stickiness’ of commodities

Usher, Mark;
Open Access English
  • Published: 19 Mar 2018
  • Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Whilst it may no longer be particularly controversial to highlight water as a matter of politics, to describe water’s matter as political still challenges mainstream understandings of natural resource management. Indeed, water provides a sticky medium for the formation and consolidation of broader social, economic and discursive relations, which are enabled or constrained by the production history or ‘cultural biography’ of the commodity. This has been widely demonstrated in relation to capitalist urbanization and neoliberal accumulation in the field of political ecology, with both processes shown to be dependent on the prior commodification of water. This chapt...
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