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10 June 2019
Political science & theory; Hydrology & the hydrosphere; Human geography; Drought & water supply
Bringing together a multidisciplinary set of scholars and diverse case studies from across the globe, this book explores the management, governance, and understandings around water, a key element in the assemblage of hydrosocial territories. Hydrosocial territories are spatial configurations of people, institutions, water flows, hydraulic technology and the biophysical environment that revolve around the control of water. Territorial politics finds expression in encounters of diverse actors with divergent spatial and political-geographical interests; as a result, water (in)justice and (in)equity are embedded in these socio-ecological contexts. The territory-building projections and strategies compete, superimpose and align to strengthen specific water-control claims of various interests. As a result, actors continuously recompose the territory's hydraulic grid, cultural reference frames, and political-economic relationships. Using a political ecology focus, the different contributions to this book explore territorial struggles, demonstrating that these contestations are not merely skirmishes over natural resources, but battles over meaning, norms, knowledge, identity, authority and discourses.

The articles in this book were originally published in the journal Water International.
Edited by:   Rutgerd Boelens (Wageningen University the Netherlands; and Catholic University Peru), Ben Crow, Jaime Hoogesteger (Waginengen University, the Netherlands), Flora E. Lu, Erik Swyngedouw (University of Manchester, UK)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 174mm, 
Weight:   762g
ISBN:   9780367207526
ISBN 10:   0367207524
Series:   Routledge Special Issues on Water Policy and Governance
Pages:   396
Publication Date:   10 June 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rutgerd Boelens is a Professor of Political Ecology of Water at CEDLA, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Ben Crow is a Professor of Sociology in the Sociology Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USA. Jaime Hoogesteger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Flora Lu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Provost of College Nine and College Ten, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USA. Erik Swyngedouw is a Professor of Geography in the School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, UK. Jeroen Vos is an Assistant Professor of Water Governance in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

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