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Record number 499138
Title Hydrosocial territories: a political ecology perspective
Author(s) Boelens, Rutgerd; Hoogesteger, Jaime; Swyngedouw, Erik; Vos, Jeroen; Wester, Philippus
Source Water International 41 (2016)1. - ISSN 0250-8060 - p. 1 - 14.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2016.1134898
Department(s) Water Resources Management
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) governmentality - hydrosocial territories - political ecology - scalar politics - water governance
Abstract We define and explore hydrosocial territories as spatial configurations of people, institutions, water flows, hydraulic technology and the biophysical environment that revolve around the control of water. Territorial politics finds expression in encounters of diverse actors with divergent spatial and political-geographical interests. Their territory-building projections and strategies compete, superimpose and align to strengthen specific water-control claims. Thereby, actors continuously recompose the territory’s hydraulic grid, cultural reference frames, and political-economic relationships. Using a political ecology focus, we argue that territorial struggles go beyond battles over natural resources as they involve struggles over meaning, norms, knowledge, identity, authority and discourses.
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