New Book! Plastic Water: The Social and Material Life of Bottled Water

An interesting new title perhaps worth checking into.

Discard Studies

9780262029414Gay Hawkins, Emily Potter and Kane Race’s new book, Plastic Water: The Social and Material Life of Bottled Water has just been released.

From the Publisher:

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 of…

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Apologies for the formatting, and thanks to Christiana Peppard for tweeting this one.

Contesting Consecrated Scientific Narratives