Andean Waterways: Resource Politics in Highland Peru by Mattias Borg Rasmussen

By Mattias Borg Rasmussen

Andean Waterways explores the politics of usual source use within the Peruvian Andes within the context of weather switch and neoliberal growth. It does so via cautious ethnographic research of the structure of waterways, illustrating how water turns into entangled in quite a few political, social, and cultural issues. Set within the highland city of Recuay in Ancash, the publication lines the ways that water impacts political and ecological kinfolk as glaciers recede. via the shared waterways of 4 villages positioned within the foothills of Cordillera Blanca, it addresses pertinent questions touching on water governance and rural lives.

This case learn of water politics should be important to anthropologists, source managers, environmental coverage makers, and different readers who're drawn to the consequences of environmental swap on rural groups.

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She writes, I hope that the reader will have gained a sense of the density and the dynamism of Naipaul’s landscapes, and will have recognized, more generally, the way in which his landscapes are both spatial and tem­ poral, the way in which, at one and the same time, they serve as palimpsests of past activity, incorporate political action, encompass change—both past and present—are half-imagined or something held in memory, are about identity, or lack of identity, roots, or lack of roots. ” Seen from a phenomenological perspective and a key distinction between space and place, landscapes are produced by those who inhabit them and therefore become an essential part of sociality and social life.

It was as if gold were being left to flow past the houses and people. Surely, people would wonder, isn’t there a way to use this water, a way to bring development to Huancapampa? Water, however, is not just a life-giving substance or a matter of development. For while the minimal use of water from the river was a reminder that things could be different, the major concern about the river in Huancapampa was not that it was a giver of life or a source of prosperity but rather that it was a destroyer.

In other words, one must seek to understand how and why local political forms and in particular the idiom of abandonment are part and parcel of the ways in which the water flows across the rugged Andean terrain. 3 Political ecology is not a strictly delimited theoretical framework but should be viewed more as a tool for orientation in terms of research and analysis. Often placed strategically at the intersections of culture, power, history, and nature (Biersack 2006), political ecology lends itself to various disciplines such as geography, history, and of course anthropology.

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