Virtuous Waters: Mineral Springs, Bathing, and Infrastructure in Mexico

Virtuous Waters: Mineral Springs, Bathing, and Infrastructure in Mexico

by Casey Walsh

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Virtuous Waters is a pathbreaking and innovative study of bathing, drinking and other everyday engagements with a wide range of waters across five centuries in Mexico. Casey Walsh uses political ecology to bring together an analysis of shifting scientific, religious and political understandings of waters and a material history of social formations, environments, and infrastructures. The book shows that while modern concepts and infrastructures have come to dominate both the hydrosphere and the scholarly literature on water, longstanding popular understandings and engagements with these heterogeneous liquids have been reproduced as part of the same process. Attention to these dynamics can help us comprehend and confront the water crisis that is coming to a head in the twenty-first century. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520291737
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 03/09/2018
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Casey Walsh is Associate Professor of Anthropology at UC Santa Barbara. He is the author of Building the Borderlands: A Transnational History of Irrigated Cotton along the Mexico-Texas Border.

Table of Contents


1 Waters/Cultures
2 Bathing and Domination in the Early Modern Atlantic World
3 Policing Waters and Baths in Eighteenth-Century Mexico City
4 Enlightenment Science of Mineral Springs
5 Groundwater and Hydraulic Opulence in the Late Nineteenth Century
6 Chemistry, Biology, and the Heterogeneity of Modern Waters
7 Dispossession and Bottling after the Revolution
8 Spa Tourism in Twentieth-Century Mexico
9 Virtuous Waters in the Twenty-First Century


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