Virtuous Waters: Mineral Springs, Bathing, and Infrastructure in Mexico (Paperback)

Virtuous Waters: Mineral Springs, Bathing, and Infrastructure in Mexico By Casey Walsh Cover Image

Virtuous Waters: Mineral Springs, Bathing, and Infrastructure in Mexico (Paperback)

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Virtuous Waters is a pathbreaking and innovative study of bathing, drinking and other everyday engagements with a wide range of waters across five centuries in Mexico. Casey Walsh uses political ecology to bring together an analysis of shifting scientific, religious and political understandings of waters and a material history of social formations, environments, and infrastructures. The book shows that while modern concepts and infrastructures have come to dominate both the hydrosphere and the scholarly literature on water, longstanding popular understandings and engagements with these heterogeneous liquids have been reproduced as part of the same process. Attention to these dynamics can help us comprehend and confront the water crisis that is coming to a head in the twenty-first century. 
Casey Walsh is Associate Professor of Anthropology at UC Santa Barbara. He is the author of Building the Borderlands: A Transnational History of Irrigated Cotton along the Mexico-Texas Border.
Product Details ISBN: 9780520291737
ISBN-10: 0520291735
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: March 9th, 2018
Pages: 226
Language: English
"Beyond its efficacy as a long narrative of the political ecology of Mexican waters, Casey Walsh’s Virtuous Waters serves as a critical pedagogical resource for environmental humanities scholars writing in the all-encompassing context of environmental crisis that pervades our twenty-first-century reality and threatens our future."
— Hispanic American Historical Review

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