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Conclusion

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

Abstract

The television sci-fi drama, ‘The Expanse’, based on the novels written by James S. A. Corey, depicts a future solar system where the dwarf planet ‘Ceres’ provides diminishing sources of fresh water for competing intergalactic colonies. In such worlds, 200 years hence, water has become more than a commodity for monetary exchange: it is now a precious, finite, politicized and respected ingredient for human survival. Corey describes the activities of ‘water smugglers’, who seek their fortunes from dealing in this rare resource, and paints a picture of the political and diplomatic value of fresh water where societies have come to realize its intrinsic life-giving qualities; those who see it merely as a commodity are represented as criminals and outcasts. Corey thereby represents the modern day ‘water buccaneers’—the corporate entities that exploit and profit from fresh water—as the pariahs of the future.

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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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