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

By Mattias Borg Rasmussen

Andean Waterways explores the politics of normal source use within the Peruvian Andes within the context of weather swap 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 matters. Set within the highland city of Recuay in Ancash, the e-book lines the ways that water impacts political and ecological family members as glaciers recede. via the shared waterways of 4 villages positioned within the foothills of Cordillera Blanca, it addresses pertinent questions relating water governance and rural lives.

This case research of water politics could be precious to anthropologists, source managers, environmental coverage makers, and different readers who're attracted to the consequences of environmental switch on rural groups.

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Water’s connectivity and materiality, which link it to themes of value, equity, gov­ ernance, politics, and knowledge (Orlove and Caton 2010, 404), can bring together a variety of actors, institutions, and organizations with different agendas and aspirations. Water bridges nature-culture, allowing us to scrutinize empirically and theoretically the connections and disjunctures that are created as we explore and explain the flow of water (Helmreich 2011). Water is integral to the terrain, and the latter cannot be understood without the former.

Once past the massive rocks of the peak, the river curves slightly through the puna; carved deep into the terrain, it is easily accessible from human settlements only when it reaches the very final part by Huancapampa, aside from a home in Ocopampa. The walk along the Atoq Huacanca reveals the different sources of water: the rivers themselves, water tanks capturing underground water and leading it through narrow pipes to the villages below, the natural sources that must regularly be cleansed (thus defying its degree of naturalness), and the irrigation canals that one quickly learns to spot even at great distances.

People also express a sense that this small highland town of miners and ranchers has gone from being the center of its own universe to being on the margins of Peruvian society. The margins of the state, write Veena Das and Deborah Poole (2004), are not just a physically distant place but something that is produced in encounters between a centralized state power and a dispersed population. The margins of the state are therefore distributed unevenly across the terrain, and the production of these margins calls for an exploration of forms of governance through a focus on state legibilities (Scott 1998) and illegibilities (Das 2004), on vernacular statecraft as forms of appropriation of statelike techniques (Colloredo-Mansfeld 2007, 2009), and, thus, on community politics and everyday encounters with state institutions as they play out in relation to water.

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