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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 andreaballestero.com.
It’s a book that had multiple layers of existence within the project. Not only because I used some of the theory, but importantly because a lot of the people I worked with made reference to it. To either abide by it: to say, we have answers there. Or to say, the problems come from there.
I like this book because it does this work of not taking for granted what water is. It takes you through very different formulations of what could be. I like books that ask me to undo my habits of thought.