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How Water Makes Us Human

Engagements with the Materiality of Water

How Water Makes Us Human provides a novel cross-disciplinary approach to water, demonstrating the role water plays in shaping human lives. It uses anthropological information about water in Kenya, Wales and Spain to show how what water does in those areas has influenced the way that people can be with it. With ethnographically rich content, this book uses a novel approach to human relationships with the environment and offers a new method for thinking about sustainability. 

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“Luci Attala shows how water has shaped the physical, mythic, and political lives of three contrasting societies. Instead of seeing water as a resource, she asks what it makes of us. This is essential reading, a new way of understanding the surprising power of what is in the world to shape us.”


Alan Ereira, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, author of The Heart of the World

“It is important for us to discover new ways of experiencing and speaking of our relationships with Nature. This book is a useful and welcome first step.”

David Cadman, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, editor of Speeches and Articles of The Prince of Wales

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