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Record number 499139
Title Disputes over territorial boundaries and diverging valuation languages: the Santurban hydrosocial highlands territory in Colombia
Author(s) Duarte-Abadía, Bibiana; Boelens, Rutgerd
Source Water International 41 (2016)1. - ISSN 0250-8060 - p. 15 - 36.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2016.1117271
Department(s) Water Resources Management
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Colombia - conflicts - governmentality - Hydrosocial territory - new institutionalism - valuation languages
Abstract We examine the divergent modes of conceptualizing, valuing and representing the páramo highlands of Santurban, Colombia, as a struggle over hydrosocial territory. Páramo residents, multinational companies, government and scientists deploy territorial representations and valuation languages that interact and conflict with each other. Government politicians and neo-institutional scientists wish to reconcile diverging interests using a universalistic territorial representation, through game theory. This generates a hydrosocial imaginary that renders invisible actors’ power differentials that lie at the core of the territorial resource use conflict. We conclude that this ‘governmentality’ endeavour enables subtle, silent water rights re-allocation.
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