MESA Book Awards

Caterina Scaramelli

Boston University

2021 Albert Hourani Book Award Honorable Mention

Caterina Scaramelli

Caterina Scaramelli

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.

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