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Everyday Practices, Everyday Water: From Foucault to Rivera-Cusicanqui (with a Few Stops in between)

Department of Geography, Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC H2V 0B3, Canada
School of Social Sciences, Territory Research Group, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, P.O. Box 050031 Medellín, Colombia
IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education, 2611 AX Delft, The Netherlands
Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam, 1018 WV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Corporación Ecológica y Cultural Penca de Sábila, P.O. Box 050012 Medellín, Colombia
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Water 2019, 11(10), 2046;
Received: 17 June 2019 / Revised: 3 September 2019 / Accepted: 16 September 2019 / Published: 30 September 2019
In this article, we explore elements of the literature on practices and the everyday to provide reference points for water researchers. We cast a wide net in recognition of the complex and multifaceted nature of human relationships to water that cannot be reduced to a single perspective. The article begins with the work of prominent French theorists including Foucault, Lefebvre, Bourdieu and de Certeau. Each grapples with the interrelationship between wider socio-political processes and practice in different ways. This leads us to pragmatism and non-representational theory in the second section, which argue that to understand socio-political processes, one must begin from practices. In the third section, we engage with work on practices in conditions of instability and precarity, which are widespread under contemporary conditions of post-colonial neoliberalism, and the role of “care” in mitigating their effects. In section four, we discuss the scholarship and practice of Silvia Rivera-Cusicanqui, who explores and extends many of the approaches elaborated above. The article concludes with a reflection on what this means for engaging with the multiple realities and ways of living with water. View Full-Text
Keywords: water; practices; everyday neoliberal precarity; care; decolonization water; practices; everyday neoliberal precarity; care; decolonization
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Furlong, K.; Roca-Servat, D.; Acevedo-Guerrero, T.; Botero-Mesa, M. Everyday Practices, Everyday Water: From Foucault to Rivera-Cusicanqui (with a Few Stops in between). Water 2019, 11, 2046.

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