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Record number 547914
Title Petrol Pumps and the Making of Modernity Along the Shores of Lake Victoria, Kenya
Author(s) Hebinck, P.G.M.; Bosma, Luwieke; Veldwisch, G.J.A.
Source Water Alternatives 12 (2019)1. - ISSN 1965-0175 - p. 13 - 29.
Department(s) WASS
Sociology of Development and Change
Water Resources Management
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Abstract This paper explores how pump irrigation has evolved along the Kenyan shores of Lake Victoria. Over the past two decades access to petrol pumps has allowed small-scale horticultural enterprises to start up and then transform the size, intensity and nature of their production. We analyse the spread of petrol pumps as the assimilation and wider use of a modern device along a mutated trajectory of change. We argue that itwas not led by external actors but is a local and self-organised process driven by actors who negotiated interfaces between themselves and those operating at the macro level. The assimilation unfolded not as a temporally and spatially linear process but through its embeddedness in complex and dynamic social relationships that structure access to the key resources required for vegetable production. This in turn has given rise to a range of strategies in which the pumps' performance is adjusted to fit with various socially differentiated contexts.
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