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Globalization, Water, and Health: Resource Management in Times of Scarcity

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Overview

This book is about crime and passion, life and death, lofty goals and squalid realities. It is a book about water. Global disparities in health and access to water are two major threats to world stability. As international contracts and corporate agreements divert water from small communities to provide for larger cities, from households to supply agribusiness, conflicts sharpen among local communities, national governments, and international agencies such as the World Bank and the International Development Bank over the basic resources to support human life. In this book, leading anthropologists illuminate the global political inequities and resource management techniques that cause children to die and adults to sicken. Drawing on expertise in medical and ecological anthropology, the contributors challenge and deepen our understanding of the management, sale, and conceptualization of water as it affects human health. Designed for use by policymakers as well as researchers and students, the essays present complex realities in clear, accessible terms.
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Table of Contents

1 Paradigm change 3
2 Casualties in the globalization of water : a moral economy of health perspective 25
3 Water reform, gender, and HIV/AIDS : perspectives from Malawi 45
4 Water, vectorborne disease, and gender : schistosomiasis in rural China 67
5 Waste not, want not : grounded globalization and global lessons for water use from Lima, Peru 85
6 Whose water is it anyway? : boundary negotiations on the Edwards Aquifer in Texas 107
7 The commodification of water and the human dimensions of manufactured scarcity 133
8 Water struggles of indigenous North America 153
9 Water management reforms, farmer-managed irrigation systems, and food security : the Spanish experience 185
10 The incredible heaviness of water : water policy and reform in the new millennium in southern Africa 209
11 Good to the last drop : the political ecology of water and health on the border 231
12 Concluding comments : future challenges 255
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