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Contractual Reciprocity and the Re-Making of Community Hydrosocial Territories: The Case of La Chimba in the Ecuadorian páramos

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Water Resources Management Group, Department Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
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CEDLA and University of Amsterdam, Roetersstraat 33, 1018 WB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Water 2021, 13(11), 1600; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13111600
Received: 27 April 2021 / Revised: 19 May 2021 / Accepted: 27 May 2021 / Published: 6 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Water Resources Management, Policy and Governance)
In the Andes, indigenous communities are being increasingly besieged because their páramos act as water providers for cities and irrigation systems downstream. This has led indigenous communities to protect their hydrosocial territories from external actors and re-create them to contest these threats. In this context, we analyse how the Kayambi community of La Chimba in the northern Sierra of Ecuador has managed to defend and secure its hydrosocial territory through the creation and re-creation of its indigenous identity and networks and related cultural politics that find expression in different forms of contractual reciprocity. As a result, the community hydrosocial territory (re)-creation itself is a weapon of resistance, a decolonising process where rural communities continuously can produce their own forms of development. This is particularly important in a context where governments in the region are relying on extractivism and in the explotation of indigenous territories. View Full-Text
Keywords: cultural politics; contractual reciprocity; community territories; hydrosocial territories; collective action; governance; páramos; Andes; Ecuador cultural politics; contractual reciprocity; community territories; hydrosocial territories; collective action; governance; páramos; Andes; Ecuador
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Manosalvas, R.; Hoogesteger, J.; Boelens, R. Contractual Reciprocity and the Re-Making of Community Hydrosocial Territories: The Case of La Chimba in the Ecuadorian páramos. Water 2021, 13, 1600. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13111600

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Manosalvas R, Hoogesteger J, Boelens R. Contractual Reciprocity and the Re-Making of Community Hydrosocial Territories: The Case of La Chimba in the Ecuadorian páramos. Water. 2021; 13(11):1600. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13111600

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Manosalvas, Rossana, Jaime Hoogesteger, and Rutgerd Boelens. 2021. "Contractual Reciprocity and the Re-Making of Community Hydrosocial Territories: The Case of La Chimba in the Ecuadorian páramos" Water 13, no. 11: 1600. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13111600

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