Affect and Transformative Ideas
7 For the love of water
7For the love of water
The issue of freshwater might appear a long way removed from fantasy, jouissance, and their shared potential to re-sculpt the production of transformative ideas in practices of radical desublimation. Freshwater and its management cannot be divorced, however, from any concrete scenario within which the discursive space of utopia might be reformulated. Put bluntly, the sustaining of all organic life, even of a utopian kind, requires access to fresh water. As hermeneutic as the goal of this particular project might thereby appear to be – to rethink the place of utopia – it has as one of its material preconditions regular trips to the drinking-tap. To this end, as apparently remote as the textual consideration of utopia might be to the issue of water, the matter flows consistently through and around its construction. For this brace of reasons, the issue of freshwater management makes an excellent staging post at which to rest the movement of argument and to consider what that argument might thus far mean in physical terms.
Within the domestic context of Aotearoa/ New Zealand, the matter of water – of its accessibility and its quality – has come to be routinely framed in terms of ‘freshwater management’. This language appears to have become de rigueur for the analysis of water supply, also, within the broader global context of territorial governance; as issues of water scarcity and pollution come to recur with systematic regularity. In the immediate context of Aotearoa/ New Zealand, however, the...
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