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The Struggle for Water : Politics, Rationality and Identity in the American Southwest - Wendy Nelson Espeland

The Struggle for Water

Politics, Rationality and Identity in the American Southwest

Paperback Published: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9780226217949
Number Of Pages: 296

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Nearly fifty years ago, the Bureau of Reclamation proposed building a dam at the confluence of two rivers in Central Arizona. While the dam would bring valuable water to this arid plain, it would also destroy a wildlife habitat, flood archaeological sites, and force the Yavapai Indians off their ancestral home. "The Struggle for Water" is not only the fascinating story of this controversial and ultimately thwarted public works project but also a study of rationality as a cultural, organizational, and political construct.
In the 1970s, the three groups most intimately involved in the Orme Dam--younger Bureau of Reclamation employees committed to "rational choice" decision making, older Bureau engineers committed to the dam, and the Yavapai community--all found themselves and their values transformed by their struggles. Wendy Nelson Espeland lays bare the relations between interests and identities that emerged during the conflict, creating a contemporary tale of power and colonization, bureaucracies and democratic practice, that asks the crucial question of what it means to be "rational."

Preface and Acknowledgments
Contested Rationalities
Nature by Design: The Bureau of Reclamation's Western Conquest
The Old Guard: Stand by Your Dam
The New Guard: Agents of Rationality, Arbiters of Democracy
Views from the Reservation: The Politics and Perspective of Yavapai People
Rationality, Form, and Power
Primary Documents and Printed Sources
Secondary Sources
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ISBN: 9780226217949
ISBN-10: 0226217949
Series: Language & Legal Discourse S.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2