From Gravitational Machine to Universal Habitat: The Drainage Basin and Amphibious Futures in the Chao Phraya Delta, Thailand

Engaging Science, Technology, and Society

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Title From Gravitational Machine to Universal Habitat: The Drainage Basin and Amphibious Futures in the Chao Phraya Delta, Thailand
 
Creator Morita, Atsuro
 
Subject anthropology; Science and Technology Studies
drainage basin; hydrology, urban design
 
Description This paper elucidates the development of the drainage basin model, one particular frame for capturing the relative motion between water and land, by highlighting the parallel developments between scientific notion and water management infrastructures. Facilitating a continuous movement back and forth between science and infrastructure, the drainage basin allows for the revelation of unexpected forms of relatedness and has played an important role in the emergence of a form of relational morality. To make this argument, this paper focuses on the Chao Phraya Delta in Thailand. While located in the periphery of the centers of modern science, the delta holds significance as a place where colonial hydrological technoscience and indigenous development intersected. The encounter between the two has resulted in a new vision of the city as a waterscape, a sort of drainage basin that connects natural, social and economic processes through numerous, complex water flows.
 
Publisher The Society for Social Studies of Science
 
Contributor JSPS
Institute for Research in Human Sciences, Kyoto University
 
Date 2017-05-03
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
ethnographic history
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://estsjournal.org/article/view/57
10.17351/ests2017.57
 
Source Engaging Science, Technology, and Society; Vol 3 (2017); 259-275
2413-8053
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://estsjournal.org/article/view/57/93
http://estsjournal.org/article/downloadSuppFile/57/43
http://estsjournal.org/article/downloadSuppFile/57/45
http://estsjournal.org/article/downloadSuppFile/57/46
 
Coverage Thailand
20th century to present

 
Rights Copyright (c) 2017 Atsuro Morita
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
 

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