The Politics and Poetics of Water: The Naturalisation of Scarcity in Western India

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Orient Blackswan, Jan 1, 2005 - Scarcity - 396 pages
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The book studies the relationship between large dams and water scarcity in Kutch. It argues that water scarcity is not merely natural, but is embedded in the social and power relations shaping water access, use and practices. Scarcity is portrayed as natural rather than human induced and this naturalisation of scarcity is beneficial to those who are powerful. This is a significant book in the light of the growing water crisis in India, and the world.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Water and Identity in Kutch
30
Water and Identity in Kutch
57
Overview Social Difference and Tenure Arrangements
101
Water Local Cosmologies and Difference
137
Living with Scarcity and Uncertainty
179
Manufacturing Popular Perceptions of Scarcity
238
Dryland Blindness of Planners
276
Appendix I
339
Appendix II
344
Appendix III
347
Appendix IV
348
Appendix V
350
Appendix VI
351
Glossary
358
References
361

Conclusions and Implications
317

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