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Record number 498751
Title Contested hydrosocial territories and disputed water governance : Struggles and competing claims over the Ilisu Dam development in southeastern Turkey
Author(s) Hommes, Lena; Boelens, Rutgerd; Maat, Harro
Source Geoforum 71 (2016). - ISSN 0016-7185 - p. 9 - 20.
Department(s) Water Resources Management
Knowledge Technology and Innovation
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Conflicts - Dams - Governmentality - Hydrosocial territories - Turkey - Water governance

Dam development in southeastern Turkey is a highly-disputed issue, fanned by the Turkish-Kurdish conflict, socio-environmental and historical-cultural concerns, and international geopolitical interests. This paper focuses on discussions around the Ilisu Dam and shows how different actor coalitions imagine different hydrosocial territories regarding this mega-hydraulic project currently under construction. Imaginaries, counter-imaginaries and endeavours to materialize them go far beyond technical projects, portraying the dam to (re)configure the territory physically, ecologically, socio-economically, symbolically and discursively. The paper embeds competing hydro-territorial constructs and claims within an analysis of governmentality and the multi-scalar and multi-issue politics of dam opponents.

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