Rural–Urban Water Struggles: Urbanizing Hydrosocial Territories and Evolving Connections, Discourses and Identities, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Rural–Urban Water Struggles

Urbanizing Hydrosocial Territories and Evolving Connections, Discourses and Identities, 1st Edition

Edited by Lena Hommes, Rutgerd Boelens, Leila M. Harris, Gert Jan Veldwisch

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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.

Table of Contents

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

Paul Hoogendam

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

About the Editors

Lena Hommes is an Associated Researcher with the Water Resources Management Group of the Department of Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her research focuses on hydrosocial territories, rural-urban water relations, politics of water infrastructure projects, water justice struggles and socio-environmental transformations in Latin America.

Rutgerd Boelens is Professor of Water Governance and Social Justice in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and Professor of Political Ecology of Water in Latin America with CEDLA (Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation) at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is also Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Peru (Department of Social Sciences) and the Central University of Ecuador (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences), and coordinates the international Justicia Hídrica / Water Justice Alliance. He is also the main scientific editor of the book series Water and Society, bringing together various Latin American publishing houses. His work includes articles and books focusing on water rights, water grabbing, hydrosocial territories, legal pluralism, cultural politics, governmentalities and social mobilizations in Latin America and Spain.

Leila M. Harris is Professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and with the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia, Canada. At UBC, she also is a member of the EDGES research collaborative, and serves as co-Director for the Program on Water Governance (PoWG). Her research focuses on the social, political and equity dimensions of environment and resource issues, with particular interest in water politics and governance. Recent projects have included focus on water access and governance in Ghana, South Africa and Canada. Internationally, she is also involved with the International WaTERS research and training network as well as the Household Water Insecurity Experiences Research Network (HWISE).

Gert Jan Veldwisch is Associate Professor with the Water Resources Management Group of the Department of Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. His research focuses on the practices, policies and politics of agricultural water management, including farmer-led irrigation development, water grabbing, waste water use in agriculture, agrarian change, and issues around water justice. Currently he works mostly in Southern and Eastern Africa, but he has also worked in Latin America and Central Asia.

About the Series

Routledge Special Issues on Water Policy and Governance

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.

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NATURE / Ecology