Water, Culture, and Power Local Struggles in a Global Context

ISBN-10: 1559635223
ISBN-13: 9781559635226
Edition: 2nd 1997
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Description: According to some estimates, at least 1.7 billion people do not have an adequate supply of drinking water and as many as 40% of the world's population face chronic shortages. Yet water scarcity is more than a matter of terrain, increased population,  More...

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List price: $42.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 12/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

According to some estimates, at least 1.7 billion people do not have an adequate supply of drinking water and as many as 40% of the world's population face chronic shortages. Yet water scarcity is more than a matter of terrain, increased population, and climate. It can also be a byproduct or end result of water management, where the building of dams, canals, and complicated delivery systems provide water for some at the cost of others, and result in short-term gains that wreak long-term ecological havoc. Water scarcity can also be a product of the social systems in which we live.Water, Culture, and Powerpresents a series of case studies from around the world that examine the complex culture and power dimensions of water resources and water resource management. Chapters describe highly contested and contentious cases that span the continuum of water management concerns from dam construction and hydroelectric power generation to water quality and potable water systems. Sections examine: impact of water resource development on indigenous peoples varied cultural meanings of water and water resources political process of funding and building water resource projects tensions between culture and power as they structure perceptions and experiences of water scarcity, transforming water from natural resource to social constructio.Case studies include Lummi nation challenges to water rights in the northwest United States; drinking water quality issues in Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico; the effects of tourism development in the Bay Islands, Honduras; water scarcity on St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands; the role of water in the Arab-Israeli conflict; and other national and regional situations including those from Zimbabwe, Japan, and Bangladesh.While places and cases vary, all chapters address the values and meanings associated with water and how changes in power result in changes in both meaning and in patterns of use, access, and control. Water, Culture, and Powerprovides an important look at water conflicts and crises and is essential reading for students, researchers, and anyone interested in the role of cultural factors as they affect the political economy of natural resource use and control.

Barbara Brower is Professor of Geography at Portland State University.Barbara Rose Johnston is Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Political Ecology and is editor of several important volumes including Who Pays the Price, Life and Death Matters, and Water, Culture, and Power.

List of Illustrations and Tables
Introduction
The Use and Abuse of Aquifers: Can the Hopi Indians Survive Multinational Mining?
Water Rights in the Pacific Northwest
"A River That Was Once So Strong and Deep": Local Reflections on the Eastmain Diversion, James Bay Hydroelectric Project
Balancing the Waters: Development and Hydropolitics in Contemporary Zimbabwe
Water, Rights, and the El Cajon Dam, Honduras
Water Resource Development and Its Effects on the Human Community: The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Southeastern United States
Transacting a Commons: The Lake Biwa Comprehensive Development Plan, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
The Big Canal: The Political Ecology of the Central Arizona Project
Water Wars in South Texas: Managing the Edwards Aquifer
Gender and Society in Bangladesh's Flood Action Plan
A Reversal of Tides: Drinking Water Quality in Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico
Water, Power, and Environmental Health in Tourism Development: The Bay Islands, Honduras
Culture, Power, and the Hydrological Cycle: Creating and Responding to Water Scarcity on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Water Between Arabs and Israelis: Researching Twice-Promised Resources
Conclusion
References
Contributors
Index

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