Waterscape: a perspective for understanding the contested geography of water

A perspective on the interaction of water and society

Abstract

The waterscape is a perspective that has captured the imagination of diverse scholars interested in the interaction of water and society. This includes the way water travels in time and space and is shaped by culture and geography. In this article, we pay particular attention to the study of the waterscape in the political ecology tradition. Scholars following this tradition have placed strong emphasis on understanding the role of power and the contested nature of water in diverse rural, urban, and periurban landscapes. The article provides a brief account of the main strands of literature and serves the purpose of an introductory overview of the waterscape for beginners. We focus both on major works that have helped define the waterscape as a perspective in political ecology and recent studies on the role of unequal power and gender relationships, informal water practices, and local water flows such as ponds and wastewater. WIREs Water 2017, 4:e1210. doi: 10.1002/wat2.1210

Citation

Karpouzoglou Timothy, Vij Sumit. Waterscape: a perspective for understanding the contested geography of water. WIREs Water 2017, 4: null. doi: 10.1002/wat2.1210

Waterscape: a perspective for understanding the contested geography of water

Published 16 March 2017