Rivers around the world were dammed up and diverted in the mid-twentieth century on a scale far larger than the undertakings of the colonial period. Such large-scale projects of techno-economic development contributed to ways of governing in relation to the future that took the management of nature as their object and the representation of nature as their project.
- In what ways did nature become an object of economic development in the mid-twentieth century and after?
- Through what kinds of strategy were large-scale projects of infrastructural development such as dams used to introduce novel technologies of economic and political governance?
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