Watershed Politics and Climate Change in Peru (Anthropology, Culture and Society) (Hardcover)

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This book travels to the heart of power, inequality and injustice in water politics. Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Peru, Astrid B. Stensrud explores the impact of climate change and extractivist neoliberal policies – including Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), a global paradigm that views water as a finite resource in need of management.

Where the local bureaucracy has adapted to IWRM and a new water culture is being fostered amongst the population, Stensrud examines the tensions arising between ‘indigeneity’ and ‘modernity’, between multiple worldmaking practices and questions of power and standardization.

Engaging with the many different actors and entities participating in the constitution of the watershed – from engineers, bureaucrats and farmers, to animals, mountains, springs and canals – Stensrud shines light on different practices and meanings of water and how both the watershed and our understanding of water itself have changed over the last few decades. Methodologically innovative, Watershed Politics and Climate Change in Peru makes an original contribution to the scholarship on global-local relationships.

About the Author

Astrid B. Stensrud is Associate Professor at the Department of Global Development and Planning, University of Agder. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Oslo. Since 2001 she has conducted extensive ethnographic research in the Peruvian Andes. She is the co-editor of Climate, Capitalism and Communities (Pluto, 2019) and a contributor to Waterworlds: Anthropology in Fluid Environments (Berghahn Books, 2016) and Identity Destabilised (Pluto, 2016).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780745340203
ISBN-10: 0745340202
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication Date: July 20th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Anthropology, Culture and Society
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