Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit

Overview

In Water Wars, Vandana Shiva uses her remarkable knowledge of science and society to analyze the historical erosion of communal water rights. Examining the international water trade, damming, mining, and aquafarming, Shiva exposes the destruction of the earth and the disenfranchisement of the world's poor as they are stripped of their right to a precious common good. Shiva reveals how many of the most important conflicts of our time, most often camouflaged as ethnic wars or religious wars, such as the ongoing ...
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Overview

In Water Wars, Vandana Shiva uses her remarkable knowledge of science and society to analyze the historical erosion of communal water rights. Examining the international water trade, damming, mining, and aquafarming, Shiva exposes the destruction of the earth and the disenfranchisement of the world's poor as they are stripped of their right to a precious common good. Shiva reveals how many of the most important conflicts of our time, most often camouflaged as ethnic wars or religious wars, such as the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, are in fact conflicts over scarce but vital natural resources. Water Wars celebrates the spiritual and traditional role water has played in communities throughout history, and warns that water privatization threatens cultures and livelihoods worldwide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896086500
  • Publisher: South End Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Series: Ecology and Green Politics Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 158
  • Sales rank: 462,471
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


A world-renowned environmental leader and recipient of the 1993 Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award), Shiva has authored several bestselling books, most recently Earth Democracy. Activist and scientist, Shiva leads, with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin, the International Forum on Globalization. Before becoming an activist, Shiva was one of India's leading physicists.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Converting Abundance into Scarcity 1
1 Water Rights: The State, the Market, the Community 19
2 Climate Change and the Water Crisis 39
3 The Colonization of Rivers: Dams and Water Wars 53
4 The World Bank, the WTO, and Corporate Control Over Water 87
5 Food and Water 107
6 Converting Scarcity into Abundance 119
7 The Sacred Waters 131
Appendix 141
Index 147
About the Author 158
About South End Press 159
Related Titles 160
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