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Water, Culture, and Power : Local Struggles In A Global Context - John Donahue

Water, Culture, and Power

Local Struggles In A Global Context

By: John Donahue (Editor), Barbara Rose Johnston (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1997
ISBN: 9781559635219
Number Of Pages: 408

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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 Power presents 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 Power provides 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.

List of Illustrations and Tables
Introductionp. 1
The Use and Abuse of Aquifers: Can the Hopi Indians Survive Multinational Mining?p. 9
Water Rights in the Pacific Northwestp. 35
"A River That Was Once So Strong and Deep": Local Reflections on the Eastmain Diversion, James Bay Hydroelectric Projectp. 47
Balancing the Waters: Development and Hydropolitics in Contemporary Zimbabwep. 73
Water, Rights, and the El Cajon Dam, Hondurasp. 95
Water Resource Development and Its Effects on the Human Community: The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Southeastern United Statesp. 123
Transacting a Commons: The Lake Biwa Comprehensive Development Plan, Shiga Prefecture, Japanp. 141
The Big Canal: The Political Ecology of the Central Arizona Projectp. 163
Water Wars in South Texas: Managing the Edwards Aquiferp. 187
Gender and Society in Bangladesh's Flood Action Planp. 209
A Reversal of Tides: Drinking Water Quality in Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexicop. 237
Water, Power, and Environmental Health in Tourism Development: The Bay Islands, Hondurasp. 263
Culture, Power, and the Hydrological Cycle: Creating and Responding to Water Scarcity on St. Thomas, Virgin Islandsp. 285
Water Between Arabs and Israelis: Researching Twice-Promised Resourcesp. 313
Conclusionp. 339
Referencesp. 347
Contributorsp. 377
Indexp. 383
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ISBN: 9781559635219
ISBN-10: 1559635215
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st December 1997
Publisher: ISLAND PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Number: 4