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Author: Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
Translator(s)/Editor: Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185604703
How do we recognize the centrality of gender as an organizing principle in the ways water in envisioned, used and managed every day at different locations and in different contexts? Fluid Bonds puts on a gender lens while looking at water, makes gender visible in the various ways water is dealt with, questions how these ways affect gender and how gender affects views on water.
Development experts observe the connections between poverty, access to resources and sanitation and health of women and children, thus, in water, we see an othering, as though the problems (seen as mainly related to poverty) have been sorted out gender-wise in developed countries; as if problems with water are problems with water are problems only for developing countries.
Gendered realities of poverty and water are such that no one can possibly deny them; the case studies included in Fluid bonds illustrate various issues: of rights, of access, of health and sanitation, of women bearing the burden of the impacts of faulty policies, or of being excluded from the sustainability agenda, of being given solutions from the top, and so on. Many other critiques of current water management structures, particularly with regard to gendered values and perceptions are arising, and the chapters in this book provide a range of such examples. The steams of hydrofeminisms presented in the book provide many common grounds created by the universal nature of water itself. In Fluid Bonds, we begin to identify multiple and changing relationships and commonalities that can be mapped out in gendering water.
Fluid Bonds brings together a group of experts from a wide range of methodological approaches and understandings on gender and water. The book is divided into four parts:
Global Discourses on Gender and Water;
Gendered Waters in Times and Places;
Gendered Cultures and Economies of Water, and 4 Representations and Agency of Women in Water.
A pathbreaking collection, the book will be of immediate interest to academics, development planners, administrators, educators, activists and water scientists.
PART I: GLOBAL DISCOURSES ON GENDER AND WATER
Rights, meanings and Discourses: Gender Dimensions of Water Rights in Diverging Regimes of representation in the Andes
Economic Globalization, Sustainability, Gender and Water
Changing Country, Telling Stories: research Ethics, Methods and Empowerment in Working with Aboriginal Women
Applying a Gender Lends to the Global Political Economy of the Right to Water
Re-Sourcing the Sacredness of Water
PART II: GENDERED WATERS IN TIMES AND PLACES
Gender, Water rights and Irrigation in Nepal
Fishing for Power? Women in the Fishing Industry in Australia
A Gender and Poverty Approach in Practice in Rural Water Supply
PART 3: GENDERED CULTURES AND ECONOMICS OF WATER
Gender and Participation in a Water Supply and Sanitation Project: Mekong Delta, Vietnam Barbara Earth and Tran Tuan Anh
Gender Implications of Water Management in Australian Agriculture
Silent Partners: A Water Warrior in the Imperial Valley, California.
In the Running for Water Authority Annie Bolitho
Gendered Waters, Poisoned Wells: Political Ecology of the Arsenic Crisis in Bangladesh
Nadi O Nari-Representing the River and Women of the Rural Communities in the Bengal Delta
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS