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Record number 550418
Title Colonizing rural waters: the politics of hydro-territorial transformation in the Guadalhorce Valley, Málaga, Spain
Author(s) Duarte-Abadía, Bibiana; Boelens, Rutgerd
Source Water International 44 (2019)2. - ISSN 0250-8060 - p. 148 - 168.
Department(s) WASS
Water Resources Management
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) governmentality - Hydraulic utopia - hydro-politics - hydro-territorial transformation - Spain - water transfers

This paper explores how, historically, the utopian thinking built into Spain’s water policies has legitimized profound transformations of the Guadalhorce Valley’s hydro-social territory (in Málaga), also justifying water transfers from rural to urban areas. It analyzes how the ‘regenerationist hydraulic utopia’ has been materialized through different ‘governmentality strategies’. This intensified during Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, decaying gradually into dystopias that, to this day, express profound socio-environmental impacts: dispossession, displacement, uprooting and breaking up local water governance institutions and practices. Meanwhile, the urban and tourism industries in Málaga have been strengthened by giving them priority for water supply.

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