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Virtuous waters : mineral springs, bathing, and infrastructure in Mexico

Author: Casey Walsh
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Virtuous Waters is the first study of mineral waters and bathing in Mexico. It traces the evolving ideas about these waters, from European contact to the present, in order to shed new light on human-environment relations in the modern world. Our relation to water is among the most urgent of global issues, as increasing scarcity and pollution threaten food shortages, deteriorating public health, and the collapse of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Casey Walsh
ISBN: 9780520291737 0520291735
OCLC Number: 1013524757
Description: xiii, 210 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Waters / Cultures --
Bathing and domination in the early modern Atlantic world --
Policing waters and baths in eighteenth century Mexico City --
Enlightenment science of mineral springs --
Groundwater and hydraulic opulence in the late nineteenth century --
Chemistry, biology and the heterogeneity of modern waters --
Dispossession and bottling after the revolution --
Spa tourism in twentieth century Mexico --
Virtuous waters in the twenty first century.
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"Virtuous Waters is the first study of mineral waters and bathing in Mexico. It traces the evolving ideas about these waters, from European contact to the present, in order to shed new light on human-environment relations in the modern world. Our relation to water is among the most urgent of global issues, as increasing scarcity and pollution threaten food shortages, deteriorating public health, and the collapse of aquatic ecosystems. Drawing on ideas from political ecology, the author brings together an analysis of the shifts in the concept of water and a material history of environments, infrastructures, and bathing. The book analyzes a range of issues concerning complex "water cultures" that have formed around Mexican groundwaters over time and suggests that this understanding might also help us comprehend and confront the water crisis that is coming to a head in the twenty-first century"--Provided by publisher.

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