272 pages | 17 B/W Illus.
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.
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