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Record number 532626
Title Collective irrigation reloaded. Re-collection and re-moralization of water management after privatization in Spain
Author(s) González-Sanchis, María; Boelens, R.A.; Garcia-Molla, Marta
Source Geoforum 87 (2017). - ISSN 0016-7185 - p. 38 - 47.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.10.002
Department(s) Water Resources Management
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2017
Abstract In recent decades, water has been subjected to different commodification and de-collectivization processes. Increasingly, this is also affecting collective irrigation water management. Critical analysis of this privatization and de-collectivization wave in the irrigation sector has mainly focused on neoliberal institutional policies and market-oriented legislation. However, subtly and silently but equally determinant, the adoption of water-saving technologies is fostering the penetration of private enterprise and market-based governance into these hydro-social settings. This paper discusses this phenomenon through a case study of the community of Senyera in Valencia, Spain, tracking the privatization and subsequent contestation and re-takeover of water management by irrigation system users. The article shows how privatization removes users’ autonomy in the name of common well-being, and increases irrigation costs in a context of little transparency. But the case also highlights users’ capacity to re-value and re-signify their past collective action, remembering and ‘re-membering to’ the collective. Senyera water users critically and reflexively analyse privatization, reconstruct societal relationships around and embedded inside the new technology, and re-collectivize and re-moralize irrigation management in a new hydro-social scenario.
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