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A Future History of Water
by Andrea Ballestero

If water is a human right, what does that mean for a capitalist society? Anthropologist Andrea Ballestero considers change within systems that are supposed to be stuck.

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A Future History of Water

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Andrea Ballestero
Duke University Press
June 2019

Andrea Ballestero is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rice University. She is also the founder and director of the Ethnography Studio. Her research examines spaces where the law, economics and techno-science are so fused that they appear as one another. Her areas of interest include the politics of knowledge production, economic, legal and political anthropology, water politics, subterranean spaces, and liberalism. She is the author of A Future History of Water (Duke, 2019). Her research and publications can be found at

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