Dams as Symbols of Modernization: The Urbanization of Nature Between Geographical Imagination and Materiality

@article{Kaika2006DamsAS,
  title={Dams as Symbols of Modernization: The Urbanization of Nature Between Geographical Imagination and Materiality},
  author={M. Kaika},
  journal={Annals of the Association of American Geographers},
  year={2006},
  volume={96},
  pages={276 - 301}
}
  • M. Kaika
  • Published 2006
  • Sociology
  • Annals of the Association of American Geographers
The article offers an analysis of the iconography and symbolism of dam constructions at three levels: first, as embodiments of the dialectics between geographical imaginations and material practices in the process of modernization; second, as symbols of modernity's quest to conquer and urbanize nature; and third, as the catalysts for reconfiguring the relationship between nature and the city. The article grounds its analysis on the study of the Marathon dam, the first dam project for watering… Expand
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