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The Politics of Fresh Water

Access, conflict and identity

The Politics of Fresh Water by Catherine M. Ashcraft
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Water scarcity is not simply the result of what nature has to offer but always involves power relations and political decisions. This volume discusses the politics of the freshwater crisis, specifically how access to water is determined in different regions and historical periods, how conflict is constructed and managed, and how identity and efforts to control water systems, through development, technologies, and institutions, shape one another. 

The book analyzes responses to the water crisis as efforts to mitigate water insecurity and as expressions of collective identity that legitimate, resist, or seek to transform existing inequalities. The chapters focus on different processes that contribute to freshwater scarcity, including land use decisions, pollution, privatization, damming, climate change, discrimination, water management institutions and technology. Case studies are included from North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and New Zealand.

Taylor and Francis; December 2016
260 pages; ISBN 9781317509974
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Title: The Politics of Fresh Water
Author: Catherine M. Ashcraft; Tamar Mayer
 
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9781138859227
9781317509974
9781317509981