Rural-Urban Water Struggles compiles diverse analyses of rural-urban water connections, discourses, identities and struggles evolving in the context of urbanization around the world.
Departing from an understanding of urbanization as a process of constant making and remaking of multi-scalar territorial interactions that extend beyond traditional city boundaries and that deeply reconfigure rural-urban hydrosocial territories and interlinkages, the chapters demonstrate the need to reconsider and trouble the rural-urban dichotomy. The contributors scrutinize how existing approaches for securing urban water supply – ranging from water transfers to payments for ecosystem services – all rely on a myriad of techniques: they are produced by, and embedded in, specific institutional and legal arrangements, actor alliances, discourses, interests and technologies entwining local, regional and global scales. The different chapters show the need to better understand on-the-ground realities, taking account of inequalities in water access and control, as well as representation and cultural-political recognition among rural and urban subjects.
Rural-Urban Water Struggles will be of great use to scholars of water governance and justice, environmental justice, and political ecology. This book was originally published as a special issue of Water International.
Introduction: Rural–urban water struggles: urbanizing hydrosocial territories and evolving connections, discourses and identities
Lena Hommes, Rutgerd Boelens, Leila M. Harris and Gert Jan Veldwisch
1. Water crisis through the analytic of urban transformation: an analysis of Bangalore’s hydrosocial regimes
Michael Goldman and Devika Narayan
2. The rural–urban equity nexus of Metro Manila’s water system
Philamer C. Torio, Leila M. Harris and Leonora C. Angeles
3. Hydrosocial territories in the context of diverse and changing ruralities: the case of Cochabamba’s drinking water provision over time
4. Colonizing rural waters: the politics of hydro-territorial transformation in the Guadalhorce Valley, Málaga, Spain
Bibiana Duarte-Abadía and Rutgerd Boelens
5. The political construction and fixing of water overabundance: rural–urban flood-risk politics in coastal Ecuador
Juan Pablo Hidalgo-Bastidas and Rutgerd Boelens
6. Upsetting the apple cart? Export fruit production, water pollution and social unrest in the Elgin Valley, South Africa
Matthijs Wessels, Gert Jan Veldwisch, Katarzyna Kujawa and Brian Delcarme
7. Hydrosocial territories, agro-export and water scarcity: capitalist territorial transformations and water governance in Peru’s coastal valleys
Gerardo Damonte and Rutgerd Boelens
8. Payment for ecosystem services in Lima’s watersheds: power and imaginaries in an urban-rural hydrosocial territory
Sonja Bleeker and Jeroen Vos
Conclusion: Evolving connections, discourses and identities in rural–urban water struggles
Lena Hommes, Gert Jan Veldwisch, Leila M. Harris and Rutgerd Boelens
Most of the world’s water problems, and their solutions, are directly related to policies and governance, both specific to water and in general. Two of the world’s leading journals in this area, the International Journal of Water Resources Development (sponsored by the Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico) and Water International (the official journal of the International Water Resources Association), contribute to this special issues series, aimed at disseminating new knowledge on the policy and governance of water resources to a very broad and diverse readership all over the world. The series should be of direct interest to all policy makers, professionals and lay readers concerned with obtaining the latest perspectives on addressing the world’s many water issues.