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Water Justice

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Rutgerd Boelens, Jeroen Vos, Tom Perreault, Dik Roth, Margreet Zwarteveen, K. C. Joy, Seema Kulkarni, Gert Jan Veldwisch, Jennifer Franco, Lyla Mehta, Andrea K. Gerlak, Helen Ingram, Ben Crow, Erik Swyngedouw, Renata Moreno-Quintero, Theresa Selfa, Lena Hommes, Bibiana Duarte-Abadía, Juan Pablo Hidalgo, Jaime Hoogesteger, Barbara Rose Johnston, Karen Bakker, Rosie Simms, Nadia Joe, Leila Harris, Maria Rusca, Cecilia Alda-Vidal, Michelle Kooy, Jerry van den Berge, Frances Cleaver, Joyeeta Gupta, Connor Joseph Cavanagh, Lisa Bossenbroek
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  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107179080

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  • Water justice is becoming an ever-more pressing issue in times of increasing water-based inequalities and discrimination. Megacities, mining, forestry, industry and agribusiness claim an increasingly large share of available surface and groundwater reserves. Water grabbing and pollution generate poverty and endanger ecosystems' sustainability. Beyond large, visible injustices, the book also unfolds the many 'hidden' water world injustices, subtly masked as 'rational', 'equitable' and 'democratic'. It features critical conceptual approaches, including analysis of environmental, social, cultural and legal issues surrounding the distribution and management of water. Illustrated with case studies of historic and contemporary water injustices and contestations around the world, the book lays new ground for challenging current water governance forms and unequal power structures. It also provides inspiration for building alternative water realities. With contributions from renowned scholars, this is an indispensable book for students, researchers and policymakers interested in water governance, environmental policy and law, and political geography.

    • Examines water justice from a range of disciplinary angles including engineering, anthropology, environmental policy, political geography and social philosophy to provide readers will a full understanding of the complex issues at play
    • Case studies from around the world - both historic and contemporary - provide an awareness of the diversity of social struggles globally
    • In addition to the unequal distribution of water resources, the book also discusses skewed access to participation in decision making, highlighting the different dimensions involved in unequal water governance structures
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is a major book on the political ecology of water conflicts by the top experts in the field. It defines a new field of study, ‘water justice'. It’s a great addition to the study of local and global movements against environmental injustice with a focus on water-grabbing and unequal access to water for irrigation, mining, urban sanitation, and hydroelectricity.' Joan Martinez-Alier, Emeritus Professor of Economics and Economic History, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

    'Boelens, Perreault and Vos have assembled a genuinely impressive set of authors to tackle the nature, meaning, and drivers of water injustices across the world, and to explore the possibilities of water justice. While the picture is far from rosy, the book provides rich theoretical and empirical perspectives through which to understand the inequities surrounding the control and use of water and to imagine alternative futures. This text will be a point of reference for many years to come.' Anthony Bebbington, Australian Laureate Fellow, University of Melbourne, and Milton P. and Alice C. Higgins Professor of Environment and Society, Clark University, Massachusetts

    'This timely and engaging volume by some of the world’s foremost scholars on water constitutes a loud sound of alarm. Not only that, it shows why liberal and neoliberal water rationalities … won’t work. Proposed instead is a sophisticated approach to the question of water as nature, and of its relation to justice, from which emerges a powerful framework for alternative hydrosocialities. By reminding us that what is at stake … is people’s very right to exist, Water Justice enables us to imagine and construct other paths for fair and wise water policies.' Arturo Escobar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    'It would be difficult to overstate the global significance of water injustice, which continues to be a major obstacle preventing millions of human beings from enjoying a dignified life. Water Justice addresses key aspects of this complex problem, bringing together a unique international team of scholars. This is not only a timely collection, but also one that provides access to rich theoretical arguments and empirical examples that allow an in-depth treatment of the topic. The book is a welcome contribution for academics, students, and practitioners, and will attract a wider readership among those concerned with the future of civilized human life.' José Esteban Castro, Newcastle University

    'Water justice!' is the rallying cry of this book. It explores in a readable, illuminating and comprehensive way the multiple dimensions of water injustice and the diverse struggles to change these.' Cristóbal Kay, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107179080
    • length: 392 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 179 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.93kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the multiple challenges and layers of water justice struggles Rutgerd Boelens, Jeroen Vos and Tom Perreault
    Part I. Re-Politicizing Water Allocation:
    2. Water governance as a question of justice: politics, rights and representation Dik Roth, Margreet Zwarteveen, K. C. Joy and Seema Kulkarni
    3. Water grabbing: practices of contestation and appropriation of water resources in the context of expanding global capital Gert Jan Veldwisch, Jennifer Franco and Lyla Mehta
    4. De-politicized policy analysis: how the prevailing frameworks of analysis slight equity in water governance Andrea K. Gerlak and Helen Ingram
    5. Urban water and sanitation injustice: an analytical framework Ben Crow
    Part II. Hydrosocial De-Patterning and Re-Composition:
    6. '… And not a single injustice remains': hydro-territorial colonization and techno-political transformations in Spain Erik Swyngedouw and Rutgerd Boelens
    7. Making space for the Cauca River in Colombia: inequalities and environmental citizenship Renata Moreno-Quintero and Theresa Selfa
    8. Reconfiguration of hydrosocial territories and water justice struggles Lena Hommes, Rutgerd Boelens, Bibiana Duarte-Abadía, Juan Pablo Hidalgo and Jaime Hoogesteger
    9. Large-scale dam development and counter movements: water justice struggles around Guatemala's Chixoy Dam Barbara Rose Johnston
    Part III. Exclusion and Struggles for Co-Decision:
    10. Indigenous people and water governance in Canada: regulatory injustice and prospects for reform Karen Bakker, Rosie Simms, Nadia Joe and Leila Harris
    11. Sanitation justice? The multiple dimensions of urban sanitation inequalities Maria Rusca, Cecilia Alda-Vidal and Michelle Kooy
    12. Uniting diversity to build Europe's water movement Right2Water Jerry van den Berge, Rutgerd Boelens and Jeroen Vos
    13. Everyday water injustice and the politics of accommodation Frances Cleaver
    14. Sharing our water: inclusive development and glocal water justice in the Anthropocene Joyeeta Gupta
    Part IV. Governmentality, Discourses and Struggles over Imaginaries and Water Knowledge:
    15. Neoliberal water governmentalities, virtual water trade, and contestations Jeroen Vos and Rutgerd Boelens
    16. Critical ecosystem infrastructure: governing the forest-water nexus in the Kenyan Highlands Connor Joseph Cavanagh
    17. The meaning of mining, the memory of water: collective experience as environmental justice Tom Perreault
    18. New spaces for water justice? Groundwater extraction and changing gendered subjectivities in Morocco's Saïss region Lisa Bossenbroek and Margreet Zwarteveen
    19. Conclusions: struggles for justice in a changing water world Tom Perreault, Rutgerd Boelens and Jeroen Vos

  • Editors

    Rutgerd Boelens, Wageningen Universiteit, The Netherlands
    Rutgerd Boelens is Professor of Water Governance and Social Justice with the Department of Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University and Professor of Political Ecology of Water in Latin America with CEDLA (Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation) and the University of Amsterdam. He is also visiting professor at the Catholic University of Peru and coordinates the international Justicia Hídrica/Water Justice alliance. His work focuses on water rights, water grabbing, hydrosocial territories, legal pluralism, cultural politics, governmentality and social mobilisation.

    Tom Perreault, Syracuse University, New York
    Tom Perreault is Professor of Geography at Syracuse University, New York. His research examines the intersections of political ecology, resource governance, agrarians transformation, and indigenous and campesino social mobilisation in the central Andes and western Amazon. His research has been funded by Fulbright, the Inter-American Foundation, the United Nations and the US National Science Foundation.

    Jeroen Vos, Wageningen Universiteit, The Netherlands
    Jeroen Vos is Assistant Professor of Water Governance at the Department of Water Resources Management at Wageningen University, The Netherlands where he teaches on agricultural water governance and political ecology of water. As a water policy advisor he has also worked in Peru and Bolivia with different international development organisations. His current research interests are the dynamics and discourses of water use and governance by agribusinesses in Latin America.


    Rutgerd Boelens, Jeroen Vos, Tom Perreault, Dik Roth, Margreet Zwarteveen, K. C. Joy, Seema Kulkarni, Gert Jan Veldwisch, Jennifer Franco, Lyla Mehta, Andrea K. Gerlak, Helen Ingram, Ben Crow, Erik Swyngedouw, Renata Moreno-Quintero, Theresa Selfa, Lena Hommes, Bibiana Duarte-Abadía, Juan Pablo Hidalgo, Jaime Hoogesteger, Barbara Rose Johnston, Karen Bakker, Rosie Simms, Nadia Joe, Leila Harris, Maria Rusca, Cecilia Alda-Vidal, Michelle Kooy, Jerry van den Berge, Frances Cleaver, Joyeeta Gupta, Connor Joseph Cavanagh, Lisa Bossenbroek

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