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Plastic WaterThe Social and Material Life of Bottled Water$
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Gay Hawkins, Emily Potter, and Kane Race

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029414

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029414.001.0001

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Drinking Water Arrangements in Bangkok

Drinking Water Arrangements in Bangkok

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(p.77) 4 Drinking Water Arrangements in Bangkok
Plastic Water

Gay Hawkins

Emily Potter

Kane Race

The MIT Press

This chapter investigates provisional drinking water arrangements in Bangkok households. When the quality of tap water is not trusted, the process of arranging drinking water entails a certain amount of practical labour. This involves collaboration with a range of human and nonhuman others in the household and beyond. Various objects, technologies and commodities have emerged to service this need, marketing themselves as convenient solutions to the problem. We consider how bottled water is imbued with value in this context and how this interferes with other water ontologies. Conceiving the household as it is practiced enables new ontological realities for drinking water to be created. ‘Convenience’ is a relational achievement.

Keywords:   Bangkok, Convenience, Domestic Water, Market Qualification, Marketing, Domestic Routines

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