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Beyond the Big Ditch: Politics, Ecology, and Infrastructure at the Panama Canal

Ashley Carse


This book traces the water that flows into and out from the Panama Canal to explain how global shipping is entangled with Panama’s cultural and physical landscapes. By following container ships as they travel downstream along maritime routes and tracing rivers upstream across the populated watershed that feeds the canal, it explores the politics of environmental management around a waterway that links faraway ports and markets to nearby farms, forests, cities, and rural communities. The book draws on a wide range of ethnographic and archival material to show the social and ecological implicati ... More

Keywords: connection and disconnection, development, engineering, environmental anthropology, globalization, infrastructure, Panama Canal, political ecology, shipping and transportation, water and watershed management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262028110
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028110.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ashley Carse, author
University of Virginia