Dialectical Anthropology

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 233–238 | Cite as

Writing neoliberal waters

  • Majed Akhter

Where the Waters Divide: Neoliberalism, White Privilege, and Environmental Racism in Canada

By Michael Mascarenhas (Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books, 2012).

Neoliberalism and Water: Complicating the Story ofReformsin Maharashtra

By Priya Sangameswaran (New Delhi: Orient Blacksawn, 2014).

Environmentalist critiques of capitalism have gained prominence since the 1970s. Rapid deforestation, flash floods, oil spills, nuclear accidents, and the extinction of entire species make headlines with depressing regularity. Coverage of these types of events shines a spotlight on the devastating consequences of a social system blindly oriented toward the accumulation of profits. But critical social scientists have also interrogated the less spectacular ways in which capitalism shapes eco-social relations. There is increasing consensus among critical scholars that immensely consequential changes in economic policy started to occur in the 1970s. Dubbed as “neoliberalism” (a far from unproblematic...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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