Water Governance: Retheorizing Politics

Edited by
October 2019
334 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03921-560-7 (Paperback)
  • ISBN978-3-03921-561-4 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Water Governance: Retheorizing Politics that was published in

Biology & Life Sciences
Chemistry & Materials Science
Environmental & Earth Sciences
Public Health & Healthcare

This republished Special Issue highlights recent and emergent concepts and approaches to water governance that re-centers the political in relation to water-related decision making, use, and management. To do so at once is to focus on diverse ontologies, meanings and values of water, and related contestations regarding its use, or its importance for livelihoods, identity, or place-making. Building on insights from science and technology studies, feminist, and postcolonial approaches, we engage broadly with the ways that water-related decision making is often depoliticized and evacuated of political content or meaning—and to what effect. Key themes that emerged from the contributions include the politics of water infrastructure and insecurity; participatory politics and multi-scalar governance dynamics; politics related to emergent technologies of water (bottled or packaged water, and water desalination); and Indigenous water governance.

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water quality; Indigenous water; spatio-temporal; hydrosocial; water governance; Belo Monte; Brazil; dams; national interest; hydropower; depoliticization; repoliticization; energy policy; international development; decentralization; political ecology; integrated water resource management (IWRM); Lesotho; Africa; Anishinabek; nibi (water); women; governance; giikendaaswin; urban water infrastructure; political ecology; water governance; water quality; packaged drinking water (PDW); bottled water; Jakarta; Indonesia; water management; irrigation; kitchen gardens; participatory development; Water Users’ Associations; Central Asia; Tajikistan; water governance; politics; law; decision-making processes; governmentalities; UNDRIP; free; prior and informed consent; FPIC; groundwater; environmental flows; environmental assessment; community-based research; drinking water; hydrosocial; Indigenous knowledge; settler colonialism; political ontology; risk; Two-Eyed Seeing; Yukon; Canada; water security; water ethics; narrative ethics; water justice; orientation knowledge; water governance; water politics; bottled water; water governance; urban water; re-theorizing; First Nations; OECD; water governance; water justice; water colonialism; UNDRIP; UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; water; desalination; legal geography; mining; Chile; first nations; Canada; political ecology; colonization; water politics; WEF Nexus; PES; scale politics; environmental justice; Latin America; Colombia; water politics; religious difference; infrastructure; governance; planning; practices of mediation; urban India; social control; participation; water governance; remunicipalization; Cochabamba; Bolivia; water governance; political ecology; Indigenous water governance; water rights; water insecurity; water justice; politics; water; infrastructure; informality; Cairo; Egypt; power; governance