Epilogue: The Cultural Politics of Water – A Comparative Perspective

Mosse, D. (2008) Epilogue: The Cultural Politics of Water – A Comparative Perspective. Journal of Southern African Studies, 34 (4). pp. 938-948.

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This special issue illustrates the broadening social science interest in water. In particular it shows the importance of regional research perspectives on the emerging ‘water crisis’, which is a complex set of resource use problems that cannot properly be addressed within the confines of economics, hydrology and engineering sciences. At the same time, the collection highlights the significance of the social study of water itself to Africanist scholarship. It demonstrates that water shares the complexity of land (from which it is rarely separable) as a medium of meaning and material relations, while adding movement and the dimension of time and process to the relationality that is inherent in space.1 In cases that deal with a variety of water-human-land relations, these articles take up the conceptual challenge that Joost Fontein poses in the introduction: ‘to use the study of water as a means of cutting a new path between the pitfalls of environmental determinism and then extremes of social constructivism

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: The Power of Water, Landscape, Water and The State
Author Affiliation: School of Oriental and African Studies , London
Subjects: Social Sciences
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Daneti Raju
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2014 13:36
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2014 13:36
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03057070802456847
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/12490

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