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Bevattningens biopolitik: Lågt grundvatten som ett regeringsbart problem i Sverige
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5876-7587
2024 (Swedish)In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, Vol. 33, p. 1-9Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In several parts of Sweden, difficulties arise regarding access to water. In this article, I explore the biopoliticsthat take shape when low groundwater levels are turned into an object of government. Firstly, I examinethe formation of a so-called anatomical politics which refers to a disciplining form of power in which theresponsibilities and actions of the population are at the center. Secondly, I explore the priorities that are madein the political work where human life, health, and well-being are to be protected and other life forms that arenot vital for human living are instead deprioritized or allowed to die. The problems have clear consequencesbut do not pose a threat to human survival. Political efforts aim to bring about changes in people’s everydaylives and affect the use and decoration of households and public spaces. Empirically, I attach particularsignificance to the irrigation bans that Swedish municipalities can introduce to reduce water consumption.

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Foreningen Kulturella Perspektiv , 2024. Vol. 33, p. 1-9
Keywords [en]
ground water, biopolitics, extreme weather, irrigation, preparedness
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History of Science, Technology and Environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-346128DOI: 10.54807/kp.v33.13747OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-346128DiVA, id: diva2:1855855
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2021-01834
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