Making People Good, Down to the Last Drop: Toward a Genealogy of the Government of Water

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Library & Archives Canada, 2006 - Human ecology - 155 pages
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The government of water is at a crossroads. During the second half of the past century, the flow of surface- and ground-water captured, consumed and used increased threefold. Recent efforts to align water governance with the realities of a resource whose finite abundance was constituted over the course of geological time have failed to inspire the allegiance of the public. Motivated by the history of modern government found in the work of Michel Foucault, this thesis questions the adequacy of the theoretical approaches employed in the analysis of this ontological and epistemological crisis of water in contemporary social science and humanities research. Through a review of the literature of social philosophy and theory on water, and a case study of the Qu'Appelle River, it is argued that a genealogical analysis can make an important contribution to our understanding of the complexity and contingency of the history of present water governance.

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