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Signs of Water: Community Perspectives on Water, Responsibility, and Hope


Edited by Robert Boschman and Sonya L. Jakubec

$44.99 CAD / $44.99 USD (S)

464 pages, 78 illustrations

6 x 9 inches

978-1-77385-234-8 (Paperback)

978-1-77385-236-2 (Institutional PDF)

978-1-77385-237-9 (ePub)

978-1-77385-238-6 (Mobi)

November 2021

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About the Book

A global exploration of water, bringing together academics and experts from five continents to illuminate the many issues facing the world’s most important resource.

Water is more important than ever before. It is increasingly controversial in direct proportion to its scarcity, demand, neglect, and commodification. There is no place on the planet where water is not, or will not be, of critical concern.

Signs for Water brings together scholars and experts from five continents in an interdisciplinary exploration of the theoretical approaches, social and political issues, and anthropogenic hazards surrounding water in the twenty-first century. From the kitchen taps of Detroit, Michigan to the water-harvesting infrastructure of Tokyo, from India’s Trambraparni River to the Upper Xingu Basin of Brazil to the Sunda Deep of the Java Trench, these essays flow through time and place to uncover the many issues surrounding water today.

Asking key theoretical questions, exposing threats to vital water systems, and proposing paths forward, Signs for Water brims with histories, ontologies, and political struggles. Bringing together local experiences to tell a global story, it centers water as history, as politics, and as a human right.

With Contributions By Barbara Amos, Henry Bikwibili Tantoh, Bill Bunn, Maria Elisa de Paula Eduardo Garavello, Denise L. Di Santo, Anna Frank, Andrea Garcia, C.R. Grimmer, Shirley Hardman, Richard Harrison, Sonya Jackubec, Michaela Keck, Marcella LaFever, Julie Laplante, Jupong Lin, Sharon Meier MacDonald, Arivalagan Murugeshapandian, Devora Newumark, Fernanda Viegas Reichardt, and Reg Whiten

About the Editors

Robert Boschman is Professor of American Literature and the Environmental Humanities at Mount Royal University, where he chairs the Department of English, Languages, and Cultures.

Sonya Jakubec is a Registered Nurse and Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Mount Royal University, where she teaches and researches community mental health and the health-environment connection.