Reflections on Water: New Approaches to Transboundary Conflicts and Cooperation

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Joachim Blatter, Helen M. Ingram
MIT Press, 2001 - Business & Economics - 358 pages
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The fluidity of transboundary waters perfectly represents contemporary challenges to modern governance. This book offers conceptual and empirical support for the idea that the human relationship with water must move beyond rationalist definitions of water as product, property, and commodity. Depending on context, water may be a security issue, a gift of nature, a product of imagination, or an integral part of the natural or cultural ecology.The contributors represent a range of disciplines, including anthropology, law, environmental analysis, political science, and social ecology. Included are case studies of the Imperial and Mexicali valleys on the U.S.-Mexico border, parks and rivers in Zimbabwe, salmon in the Pacific Northwest, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Lake Constance in Central Europe, the Black Sea, and the Inguri River between Azerbaijan and Georgia.Contributors Joachim Blatter, Joseph F. DiMento, Pamela M. Doughman, Paula Garb, Maria Rosa Garcia-Acevedo, David McDermott Hughes, Helen Ingram, Suzanne Lorton Levesque, Richard Perry, Kathleen M. Sulllivan, John M. Whiteley."

  

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Contents

Expanding Perspectives on Transboundary Water
31
The Confluence of Water Patterns of Settlement
57
Ideas Institutions and Advocacy
89
Reconstructing
123
Discursive Practices and Competing Discourses in the Governance
163
Discourses and Water in the U S Mexico Border Region
189
Potential
213
Prospects for
239
National Parks Rivers and the Politics
267
A Report
297
Lessons from the Spaces of Unbound Water for Research
321
Contributors
341
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About the author (2001)

Helen Ingram is Research Fellow at the Southwest Center, University of Arizona, and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author or editor of many books, including Reflections on Water: New Approaches to Transboundary Conflicts and Cooperation (MIT Press, 2001).

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