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A Precious Liquid: Drinking Water and Culture in the Valley of Mexico / Edition 1
     

A Precious Liquid: Drinking Water and Culture in the Valley of Mexico / Edition 1

by Michael Ennis-McMillan
 

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ISBN-10: 0534612857

ISBN-13: 9780534612856

Pub. Date: 12/13/2005

Publisher: Cengage Learning

The text provides an ethnographic analysis of the social and cultural aspects of installing and managing a piped drinking water system in La Purificacion Tepetitla, a community located in the densely populated and semiarid region of the Valley of Mexico. The account shows how politics and culture shape community initiatives to develop adequate and equitable

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The text provides an ethnographic analysis of the social and cultural aspects of installing and managing a piped drinking water system in La Purificacion Tepetitla, a community located in the densely populated and semiarid region of the Valley of Mexico. The account shows how politics and culture shape community initiatives to develop adequate and equitable drinking water supplies in the Valley of Mexico's changing ecology. The research is based on 22 months of ethnographic fieldwork, carried out from 1993 to 2000. The book applies the culture concept to drinking water issues and furthers students' understanding of human diversity in terms of economics, ecological adaptation, politics, kinship, gender, ethnicity, health beliefs and practices, and religion and ritual.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780534612856
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
12/13/2005
Series:
Case Studies on Contemporary Social Issues
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: A Precious Liquid. 2. On the Edge of a Water Crisis. 3. "The Soul of a Pueblo": Local Water History. 4. Leveling the Water: The Power of Civil and Religious Cargo. 5. "It's Our Custom": Water Rights and Obligations. 6. "Everything Is the Responsibility of the Women": Gender and Water Management. 7. "We are Suffering from Water": Health and Resource Scarcity. 8. Searching for Equity: Critical Reflections on Emerging Global Water Issues. Glossary. References. Index.

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