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Water citizenship: Negotiating Water Rights and Contesting Water Culture in the Peruvian Andes

Författare och institution:
Karsten Paerregaard (Institutionen för globala studier); A. B. Stensrud (-); A. O. Andersen (-)
Publicerad i:
Latin American Research Review, 51 ( 1 ) s. 198-217
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
This article examines the implementation of Peru's new water law and discusses how it produces new forms of water citizenship. Inspired by the global paradigm of "integrated water resources management," the law aims to include all citizens in the management of the country's water resources by embracing a "new water culture." We ask what forms of water citizenship emerge from the new water law and how they engage with local water practices and affect existing relations of inequality. We answer these questions ethnographically by comparing previous water legislation and how the new law currently is negotiated and contested in three localities in Peru's southern highlands. We argue that the law creates a new water culture that views water as a substance that is measurable, quantifiable, and taxable, but that it neglects other ways of valuing water. We conclude that water citizenship emerges from the particular ways water authorities and water users define rights to access and use water, on the one hand, and obligations to contribute to the construction and maintenance of water infrastructure and pay for the use of water, on the other.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Geovetenskap och miljövetenskap
colca valley, climate, community, Area Studies
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Posten skapad:
2016-06-01 09:10
Posten ändrad:
2016-06-03 11:13

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