Title A History of Water, 3 Volume Set
Author T. Tvedt, E. Jakobsson, R. Coopey & T. Oestigaard
ISBN 9788130924007
List price Rs 8995.00
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 992
Book size . mm
Publishing year 2017
Original publisher I B Tauris & Company
Published in India by Viva Books Private Limited
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A History of Water series explores all aspects of water – social, cultural, political, religious, historical, economic and technological - from ancient times to the present day. The contributors examine the changing histories of water as a private or common good; the politics of water at local, urban, national and international level; water in cities; great river plans; dams; river biographies; and images of water in religion, myth, literature and art. Empirical and ethnographic case studies from around the world feature.

VOLUME I: Water Control and River Biographies

This book with narratives of water control from all over the world can give a vivid sense of a human past that in certain aspects can be seen as fundamentally shared. While there may be nothing that appropriately can be called universal values, water control is definitely a universal predicament. Water control in one form or another is one thing which all people at all times have had and will always have in common, and they will forever have to adapt to, and to control, the water that runs through their societies.

Contents: Part I: Great Plans • Seizing Favours from Nature: The Rise and Fall of Siberian River Diversion • The World’s Largest Contiguous Irrigation System: Developments, Successes and Challenges of the Indus Irrigation System in Pakistan • Of Flumes, Modules and Barrels: The Failure of Irrigation Institutions and Technologies to Achieve Equitable Water Control in the Indus Basin • Controlling the Waters in Twentieth-century China: The Nationalist State and the Huai River • The Chinese Way of Harnessing Rivers: The Yangtze River • Water Control and Agricultural Development: Crafting Deltaic Environments in South-East Asia • Environmental Risk in Water Resources Management in the Mekong Delta: A Multi-Scale Analysis • Living with Water: Bangladesh Since Ancient Times • Part II: River Biographies • The History of the Tama River: Social Reconstructions •  ‘Seeing Like the Prussian State’: Re-engineering the Rivers of Rhineland and Westphalia • The River has Recorded the Story, Living with the Hawkesbury River, Sydney, NSW, Australia • Poverty, Water and Environmental Degradation: The Langat River Basin, Malaysia • Part III: Water in Cities • Water and Wastes in Medieval London • Critical Decisions in Pittsburgh Water and Wastewater Treatment • Water, Modernity and the Demise of the Bacteriological City  • Socio-Economic Implications of Water Supply in Nigerian Urban Centres: The Case of Ibadan • The Political Ecology of Water Supply in Chennai, South India • Part IV: Organizing Water • Keeping Running Water Clean: Mining and Pollution in Preindustrial Japan • Management of Wetlands in Relation to River Basins – a Study from South-West India • Public Water Supply in Guernsey, Channel Islands: Engineers, Entrepreneurs, Ownership and Control in an Island Setting • The Mfongo Irrigation Systems on the Slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania • Alkalinity, Salinity and California Irrigation: The Role of Eugene Woldemar Hilgard • Part V: Debating Water • The Rescue of English Coastal Waters and the Role of Environmental Pressure Groups • Management of the Mekong River Basin: Contesting its Sustainability from a Communication Perspective • The Bío–Bío Project and the Mapuche-Pehuenche People of Chile.

Editors: T. Tvedt is Research Director in the Faculty of Social Science, University of Bergen and a Panel Member of UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Program.
E. Jakobsson is the Senior Research Scientist at Stavanger University College, Norway.

VOLUME II: The Political Economy of Water

The contributors to this volume use a range of methods and hypotheses to probe the complexity inherent in the history of water and its provision. In measuring the extent to which provision went to one sector of the population rather than another, and the ramifications of this, Schmid and Hallström, for example, emphasise the utility of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) methodology, amongst a number of techniques they employ. Their study of Linkopping and Norkopping in Sweden constructs a spatial and temporal analysis which enables light to be shed on issues of unequal provision and its origins, and to track the development of water technologies and systems.

Contents: Introduction: Water as a Unique Commodity  • PART I: Urban and Local Water Politics • The Pipe-Bound City in Time and Space: Applying GIS to the Historical Development of Two Cities • Inequities in Urban Water Supply in India: Municipalities in Andhra Pradesh • Social Movements and Conflicts Over Water in Mexico • Inequality and Social Exclusion: Access to Drinking Water in Cochabamba, Bolivia • PART II: National Water Politics • Wittfogel and Hydraulic Despotism • Reshaping the ‘Political’: The Nile Waters of the Sudan • Water Resource Administration and Racial Inequality in South West Africa • British Colonial Water Legislation in Mandatory Palestine • A Retreat from Centralised Water Management? The Israeli Case • Market Oriented Sustainable Water Resources Management in China • Water and the Transformation of Agriculture in Bulgaria • Irrigation and State Formation in Ancient Korea • Water and Development in Cambodia: A Historical Perspective • Gender, Poverty and Water in Pakistan • Part III: International Hydropolitics • The Nile as a Legal and Political Structure • Nile Basin Co-operation: Prospects for the Twenty-First Century • Transboundary Water Resources: Mexico, the USA and the 1944 Water Treaty • Developing Lesotho’s Water Resources: The Lesotho Highlands Water Scheme • Great Lakes Fisheries: International Response to their Decline and the Lamprey/Alewife Invasion • Energy and Environmental Security: The Syr Darya Crisis of Central Asia • Fish vs. Power: Salmon, Science and Society on the Fraser River • Part IV: Water Law and Legal Issues • Water Quality as Property: Industrial Water Pollution and Riparian Law in Nineteenth-Century USA • Regimes, Regulations and Rights: Urban Water Use in the Kathmandu Valley • Water as Property in the American West • Changing Water Rights in Mexico: Local Availability and the Reallocation of Groundwater Rights • Part V: Theoretical Issues • My Land, My Water, Your Problem: Co-dynamic Processes and the Development of Appropriate Water • Policy Tools

Editors: R. Coopey is with the Department of History at the University of Aberystwyth. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts. University College, Norway.
T. Tvedt is Research Director in the Faculty of Social Science, University of Bergen and a Panel Member of UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Program.

VOLUME III: The World of Water

This volume is an attempt to present the complex picture of how water has been conceptualized as a medium for control and social hierarchy, for understanding and cultural elaboration, and for religious and divine interaction, all interdependent spheres, each necessitating the other. Water is both nature and culture, and its profound character makes the substance unique in the context of social construction, having epistemological and ontological consequences for both the social and natural sciences. The chapters aim to convey the idea that with water as a point of departure it is possible to re-work dominant conceptual legacies about nature and society and ‘realism’ and ‘constructivism’, and to overcome the nature-society dualism in traditional analyses. Humans live in worlds of water: water is used to define human life-worlds and the worlds are sustained through water.

Contents: SECTION 1: CULTURE AND CONTROL • Part I: Water as Commons or Commodity? • Water in the Age of Imperialism – and Beyond • From Sacred Ownership to Colonial Commons: Water Tenure Systems in Central Africa • Changing Narratives of Water Control in Hawai’i •  ‘Indigenous People Participation’: Conflict in Water Use in an African Mining Economy • Part II: Water as a Symbol of Power • Powering the Nation: A Social History of Hydro-electricity in Ireland • Water as a Symbol of Power: The Hydraulic System of Gôlkonda, Hyderabad • Part III: Water as Hierarchy and Structuring Principle • Water, Hindu Mythology and an Unequal Social Order in India • Unity and Abstraction: Ethics and Modernity in the Riverine Technology of the American New Deal • An Evolutionary History of Water Rights in South Africa • Part IV: The Flow of Water • Early Developments in Groundwater Research in The Netherlands: A Societally Driven Science • River Works in Famine Ireland • SECTION 2: UNDERSTANDING AND CONCEPTUALISING WATER • Part V: Water as Text and Meaning • Rivers as Text: From Pre-Modern to Post-Modern Understandings of Development, Technology and the Environment in Canada and Abroad • Constructing a Myth of Purity: The Marketing of Welsh Water •  ‘Seeing is Believing’: Perceptions of Safe Water in Rural Yoruba • Part VI: Water in Literature and Art • ‘Of Frogs’ Eyes and Cows’ Drinking Water’: Water and Folklore in Western Kenya • ‘The Waterside Dwellers Sleep Thirsting’: Cultural Interpretations of Water in a Rural Community • The Pastoral, the Monumental and What Lies In-Between: Images of Dams and the Riparian Landscape • Water Images in Latin American Cinema: The Films of Fernando Solanas • Part VII: Water in Religion and Mythology • A Christian Perspective on Water and Water Rights • River Cult and Water Management Practices in Ancient India • Part VIII: Rainmaking and Life-giving Waters • Science in the Social Sphere: Weather Modification and Public Response • River and Rain: Life-giving Waters in Nepalese Death Rituals • ‘The Wealth of These Nations’: Rain, Rulers and Religion on the Cuvelai Floodplain • The Lozi Flood Tradition

Editors: T. Tvedt is Research Director in the Faculty of Social Science, University of Bergen and a Panel Member of UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Program. T. Oestigaard is Research Fellow at Center for Development Studies, University of Bergen, Norway.

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