Opposing Currents: The Politics of Water and Gender in Latin America

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This volume focuses on women in Latin America as stakeholders in water resources management. It makes their contributions to grassroots efforts more visible, explains why doing so is essential for effective public policy and planning in the water sector, and provides guidelines for future planning and project implementation.

After an in-depth review of gender and water management policies and issues in relation to domestic usage, irrigation, and sustainable development, the book provides a series of case studies prepared by an interdisciplinary group of scholars and activists. Covering countries throughout the hemisphere, and moving freely from impoverished neighborhoods to the conference rooms of international agencies, the book explores the various ways in which women are-and are not-involved in local water initiatives across Latin America. Insightful analyses reveal what these case studies imply for the success or failure of various regional efforts to improve water accessibility and usability, and suggest new ways of thinking about gender and the environment in the context of specific policies and practices.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Sets a new standard in scholarly writing on water and gender issues in Latin America.”
Bulletin of Latin American Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822958543
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Pitt Latin American Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Vivienne Bennett, the author of The Politics of Water, chairs the Liberal Studies Department at California State University, San Marcos.

Sonia Dávila-Poblete is a technical advisor for the Global Water Partnership.

María Nieves Rico is Social Affairs Officer for the Women and Development Unit of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (United Nations), based in Chile.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Understanding water and gender 11
2 The connection between gender and water management 13
3 Global water and gender policies : Latin American challenges 30
Pt. 2 Neoliberal policies and their social impact 51
4 Gender dimensions of neoliberal water policy in Mexico and Bolivia : empowering or disempowering? 53
5 Women in the "water war" in the Cochabamba valleys 72
6 To make waves : water and privatization in Tucuman, Argentina 91
Pt. 3 Technology transfer and social organization 107
7 Irrigation management, the participatory approach, and equity in an Andean community 109
8 Water as a source of equity and empowerment in Costa Rica 123
Pt. 4 Participation and cultural change 135
9 Women, equity, and household water management in the valley of Mexico 137
10 Women and water in the Northern Ecuadorean Andes 154
11 Women at the helm of irrigated agriculture in Mexico : the other side of male migration 170
12 Toward a broader perspective 190
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