Water Citizenship. Negotiating Water Rights and Contesting Water Culture in the Peruvian Andes

 In this article, Karsten Pærregaard, Astrid B. Stensrud and Astrid O. Andersen examine the implementation of Peru’s water resources law and discuss how new forms of water citizenship emerge.

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The authors argue that the law aims to create a new water culture that views water as a measurable, quantifiable and taxable substance, but that it neglects other ways of valuing water.The article examines the implementation of Peru’s new water law and discusses how it produces new forms of water citizenship. Inspired by the global paradigm of “integrated water resources management,” the law aims to include all citizens in the management of the country’s water resources by embracing a “new water culture.” We ask what forms of water citizenship emerge from the new water law and how they engage with local water practices and affect existing relations of inequality.

Published Aug. 18, 2016 3:28 PM