Andean Waterways: Resource Politics in Highland Peru by Mattias Borg Rasmussen

By Mattias Borg Rasmussen

Andean Waterways explores the politics of average source use within the Peruvian Andes within the context of weather switch and neoliberal growth. It does so via cautious ethnographic research of the structure of waterways, illustrating how water turns into entangled in numerous political, social, and cultural matters. Set within the highland city of Recuay in Ancash, the ebook strains the ways that water impacts political and ecological relatives as glaciers recede. via the shared waterways of 4 villages positioned within the foothills of Cordillera Blanca, it addresses pertinent questions pertaining to water governance and rural lives.

This case research of water politics could be priceless to anthropologists, source managers, environmental coverage makers, and different readers who're attracted to the results of environmental switch on rural groups.

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The tectonic movements, along with the expropriations of land, marked a rupture in terms of state presence in Recuay and accelerated an already ongoing process of social and ethnic reconfiguration. Today, only a few of the old families remain in Recuay. Like many other small highland towns, Recuay has, in other words, been resituated in the regional landscape with new actors appearing on the political stage (Cameron 2009). The local bourgeoisie have emigrated to Lima, primarily, and economic life has been reduced to basic agrarian production and largely destructive mining activities.

They are all users of an irrigation channel whose flow connects villages otherwise set apart by the rugged terrain. Water is not the only thing that connects these people; they are also compadres, comuneros, and cómpices, united through affinity, blood, work, and leisure. But today, water is their reason for being here. It is also mine. Don Viviano is an older man now. A widower, he spends most of his time in a manada, a high-altitude residence, caring for his few animals. Wearing a baseball cap and a knitted white sweater turned gray from years of use, he gets to his feet, as is the custom here whenever one addresses the assembly.

Nugent 1997, 2001). In a study of the historical formations of cattle rustling in Chumbivilcas, in southern Peru, Deborah Poole (1987) shows that the difference between those who maintained and those who broke the Introduction · 19 law tended to collapse in this area far from the national center of power. 11 The violence of the attacks has contributed to an exodus of people from certain places such as Shecllapata, but cattle rustling is not the only reason for leaving. A national phenomenon, migration has changed the social topography of Peru since the middle of the twentieth century (Degregori 1986; Paerregaard 1997) and has been one of the main strategies for escaping rural abandonment.

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