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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Mobilities
EditorsPeter Adey, David Bissell, Kevin Hannam, Peter Merriman, Mimi Sheller
Place of PublicationOxon
PublisherOxford and New York: Routledge
Pages269-277
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780415667715
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Abstract

This chapter considers how the circulation of water ‘maps to’ flows of capital, the movement of people, and shifting landscapes of political power. I begin with a review of recent scholarship, particularly utilizing a political ecology framework, which productively links the movement of water with other forms of social and spatial mobility. These links are then brought to life through a discussion of the politics of water in cities of the South, where increasingly struggles for social and spatial justice come to turn on questions of who controls the flow of and access to water. The chapter concludes with an examination of some key sites where the relationships between water and mobility are being transformed through the production of what I describe as hydro-spectacular landscapes.

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