The Field of Water Policy: Power and Scarcity in the American Southwest, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Field of Water Policy

Power and Scarcity in the American Southwest, 1st Edition

By Franck Poupeau, Brian F. O'Neill, Joan Cortinas Muñoz, Murielle Coeurdray, Eliza Benites-Gambirazio


272 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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Bringing together the analysis of a diverse team of social scientists, this book proposes a new approach to environmental problems. Cutting through the fragmented perspectives on water crisis, it seeks to change perspectives on water policy by looking at the social logics behind environmental issues. Most importantly, it analyses the dynamic influences on water management and the social and institutional forces that orient water and conservation policies. The first work of its kind, The Field of Water Policy: Power and Scarcity in the American Southwest brings the tools of Pierre Bourdieu’s field sociology to bear on a moment of environmental crisis, with a study of the logics of water policy in the American Southwest, a region that allows us to see the contest over the management of scarce resources in a context of lasting drought. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology and geography with interests in the environment and the management of natural resources.

Table of Contents

Introduction – A Sociological Perspective on Water Policy

1. Engineering Arid Spaces: The Emergence of Western Hydrocracies

2. Supporting the Economic Order: Urban Sprawl and Coalitions for Growth

3. Reinventing Water Conservation: Institutions for Sustainability

4. Sharing Flows: New Professionals with Old Methods

5. Implementing Water Policy: Instruments and their Social Uses in the Colorado River Basin

Conclusion – Dealing with Scarcity

Annex #1 – Revisiting the Laws of the River

Annex #2 – Statistical Analysis

About the Authors

Franck Poupeau is Director of Research at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) and Director of the joint international unit iGLOBES (Interdisciplinary and Global Environmental Studies) based at the University of Arizona, USA. He is the author of Water Bankruptcy in the Land of Plenty and Water Regimes: Beyond the Public and Private Sector Debate.

Brian F. O’Neill is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA and at the Université Paris III La Sorbonne Nouvelle Center for Research and Documentation on the Americas.

Joan Cortinas Muñoz is a postdoctoral researcher at UMI iGLOBES, University of Arizona, USA.

Murielle Coeurdray is a post-doctoral researcher at UMI-iGLOBES, University of Arizona, USA.

Eliza Benites-Gambirazio is a post-doctoral researcher at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research). She is affiliated with the Centre Max Weber (University Lyon 2) and is currently conducting research on housing and real estate markets in Paris, Lyon and Avignon.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General