TY - BOOK ID - 34124 TI - A Future History of Water AU - Ballestero, Andrea PY - 2019 SN - 9781478004516 DB - DOAB KW - water KW - wonder KW - future KW - difference KW - human rights KW - commodification KW - ethics UR - https://www.doabooks.org/doab?func=search&query=rid:34124 AB - Based on fieldwork among state officials, NGOs, politicians, and activists in Costa Rica and Brazil, A Future History of Water traces the unspectacular work necessary to make water access a human right and a human right something different from a commodity. Andrea Ballestero shows how these ephemeral distinctions are made through four technolegal devices—formula, index, list and pact. She argues that what is at stake in these devices is not the making of a distinct future but what counts as the future in the first place. A Future History of Water is an ethnographically rich and conceptually charged journey into ant-filled water meters, fantastical water taxonomies, promises captured on slips of paper, and statistical maneuvers that dissolve the human of human rights. Ultimately, Ballestero demonstrates what happens when instead of trying to fix its meaning, we make water’s changing form the precondition of our analyses.