MESA Book Awards
2021 Albert Hourani Book Award Honorable Mention
How to Make a Wetland: Water and Moral Ecology in Turkey
Stanford University Press
Through insightful analysis of the processes and effects of environmental transformations, this fascinating and original ethnography shows how the work of creating wetlands is central to moral ecological claims made by the author’s diverse interlocutors (famers, bureaucrats, scientists, activists, developers, etc.) in two delta regions of Turkey. Stylistically, the book is almost lyrical, as the ebbs and flows of water (and the stickiness of mud) are used as a metaphor for the larger project making this a most engaging read.