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Plastic Water: The Social and Material Life of Bottled Water

Gay Hawkins, Emily Potter, and Kane Race


This book investigates the rapid growth of bottled water markets over the last twenty years. Its driving question is: how did water become a market thing, no longer a common resource but a commercial product, in industry parlance a ‘fast moving consumer good’? Plastic Water goes beyond the usual political and environmental critiques of bottled water to investigate its multiplicity, examining the bottle of water’s simultaneous existence as, among other things, a product, personal health resource, accumulating waste matter and focus of public concern and issue politics. The book is divided into ... More

Keywords: Bottled water, Market assemblage, Mundane materials, Packaging, Water, Branding, Issue politics, Publics, Drinking practices, Consumption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780262029414
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029414.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gay Hawkins, author
University of Western Sydney

Emily Potter, author

Kane Race, author

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