Too Costly: Water and Privatization

  • Avi Brisman
  • Bill McClanahan
  • Nigel South
  • Reece Walters
Part of the Critical Criminological Perspectives book series (CCRP)


The phrase ‘water is the next oil’ is widely used to describe the exorbitant profits produced as a result of its growing commodification (Zabarenko 2009). As McGee (2014) observes, ‘Companies proclaim water the next oil in a rush to turn resources into profit—Mammoth companies are trying to collect water that all life needs and charge for it as they would for other natural resources’.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Avi Brisman
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Bill McClanahan
    • 1
  • Nigel South
    • 4
    • 2
  • Reece Walters
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Justice Studies College of Justice and SafetyEastern Kentucky UniversityRichmondUSA
  2. 2.School of Justice Faculty of LawQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Newcastle Law School Faculty of Business and LawUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  4. 4.Department of SociologyUniversity of EssexColchester, EssexUK

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