This chapter investigates the rise and political effects of bottled water markets and a new practice: carrying and constantly sipping water from plastic bottles. A focus on practices challenges the idea that there is a singular ‘politics’ of bottled water that can be read off the effects of this new conduct and that it is possible to critique these effects in advance. Instead, it is necessary to investigate how mobile drinking emerged, what kinds of accountability relations sustain it and how this practice animates the bottle and the water as materials and devices capable of ontologically interfering with more sustainable drinking water practices.
- Bottled Water Sold
- Sips Constant
- Accountability Relations
- Drinking Practices
- Hydration Support
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Hawkins, G. (2019). Mobile Drinking: Bottled Water Practices and Ontological Politics. In: Maller, C., Strengers, Y. (eds) Social Practices and Dynamic Non-Humans. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-92189-1_6
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