Andean Waterways explores the politics of natural resource use in the Peruvian Andes in the context of climate change and neoliberal expansion. It does so through careful ethnographic analysis of the constitution of waterways, illustrating how water becomes entangled in a variety of political, social, and cultural concerns. Set in the highland town of Recuay in Ancash, the book traces the ways in which water affects political and ecological relations as glaciers recede. By looking at the shared waterways of four villages located in the foothills of Cordillera Blanca, it addresses pertinent questions concerning water governance and rural lives.
This case study of water politics will be useful to anthropologists, resource managers, environmental policy makers, and other readers who are interested in the effects of environmental change on rural communities.
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Foreword by K. SivaramakrishnanPrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbbreviations
Introduction: A Sense of Urgency1. Atoq Huacanca River: Changing Horizons2. Querococha 3 Bases Channel: Sharing the Flow3. Shecllapata Channel: Maintaining the Course4. Aconan Channel: Arranging Infrastructure5. Santa River: Defending LifeOutflow: Time, Place, and the Politics of Water