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Precious Liquid Drinking Water and Culture in the Valley of Mexico

ISBN-10: 0534612857
ISBN-13: 9780534612856
Edition: 2006
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Description: The text provides an ethnographic analysis of the social and cultural aspects of installing and managing a piped drinking water system in La Purificacion Tepetitla, a community located in the densely populated and semiarid region of the Valley of  More...

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Book details

List price: $76.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 12/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

The text provides an ethnographic analysis of the social and cultural aspects of installing and managing a piped drinking water system in La Purificacion Tepetitla, a community located in the densely populated and semiarid region of the Valley of Mexico. The account shows how politics and culture shape community initiatives to develop adequate and equitable drinking water supplies in the Valley of Mexico's changing ecology. The research is based on 22 months of ethnographic fieldwork, carried out from 1993 to 2000. The book applies the culture concept to drinking water issues and furthers students' understanding of human diversity in terms of economics, ecological adaptation, politics, kinship, gender, ethnicity, health beliefs and practices, and religion and ritual.

List of Figures and Tables
Foreword
Preface
Introduction: A Precious Liquid
Welcome to the Paradise of La Purificacion
Choosing a Research Site
Discovering an Anthropological Puzzle
Global Water Scarcity
Focus of the Book
On the Edge of a Water Crisis
The World's Water Crisis
Mexico's Water Crisis
Troubled Waters in the United States
New Visions of Water
Anthropological Perspectives on Drinking Water
Water Quality
Water Quantity
Water Distribution
Conclusion
"The Soul of a Pueblo": Local Water History
A Hidden History
Northern Acolhuacan: An Indigenous Heritage
Spanish Conquest and Colonization
Mexican Independence
Revolution and Expanded Surface Water Rights
Petitioning for Water
Water Distribution
Cargos and Surface Water
Developing Groundwater Supplies
A Hidden Drinking Water Project
Out in the Open
Reorganizing the Cargos
Conclusion
Leveling the Water: The Power of Civil and Religious Cargos
Pumps and Pipes
Searching for Equity in an Uneven Geography
The Cargo System and Leveling
Water Control and Cargos
Civil Cargos
Ejido Cargos
Religious Cargos
Other Cargos
Cargo Elections
How Is This Leveling?
"It's Our Custom": Water Rights and Obligations
Requesting Access to Water
Categories of Water Consumption
Drinking Water Contracts
Water Fees
Water and Cooperation
Mayordomia Obligations and Water
The Cemetery and Cooperation
Debt and Debtors
Shutting Off Water
Cooperation
"Everything Is the Responsibility of the Woman": Gender and Water Management
Women and Water in La Purificacion
Carmen's Household
Women's Water Interests
Gender, Water, and Religious Cargo Service
Electing Women to the Drinking Water Committee
What Does Gender Mean to Water Management?
"We are Suffering from Water": Health and Resource Scarcity
Don't Drink the Water?
Local Perceptions of Water Quality
What is Suffering from Water?
Suffering and Social Inequality
"Not a Drop to Drink": Responding to a Water Shortage
First Day of the Water Shortage
Second Day of the Water Shortage
Resolving the Crisis
Conclusion: Water-Related Suffering
Searching for Equity: Critical Reflections on Emerging Global Water Issues
An Essential Resource
Dublin Principle No. 1
Participation
Dublin Principle No. 2
Gender
Dublin Principle No. 3
Economics
Dublin Principle No. 4
Final Thoughts: Culture Matters
Glossary of Spanish Terms
References
Index

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