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

By Mattias Borg Rasmussen

Andean Waterways explores the politics of usual 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 quite a few political, social, and cultural issues. Set within the highland city of Recuay in Ancash, the e-book lines the ways that water impacts political and ecological family as glaciers recede. by way of taking a look at the shared waterways of 4 villages positioned within the foothills of Cordillera Blanca, it addresses pertinent questions bearing on water governance and rural lives.

This case examine of water politics may be invaluable to anthropologists, source managers, environmental coverage makers, and different readers who're drawn to the results of environmental swap on rural groups.

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The Broken Mirror of Recuay During the Andean summer, the square in Recuay once provided a spectacular scenic viewpoint for watching the sun set behind the Cordillera Negra. The last rays of light reflected on the white peaks of the Cordillera Introduction · 13 Blanca, strangely illuminating this small highland town. The Mirror of Recuay, as the townspeople refer to it, is now broken; the glaciers have retreated, and I did not see the reflection. But the people with whom I worked mentioned the spectacle from time to time when stressing that things in Recuay are not quite what they used to be.

Tello had used when passing by Recuay on his way to and from the excavations in Chavín de Huántar, looking at the pictures of late family members who had been important traders, ministers, and high-ranking officers in the republican army, I got the sense of a bygone time. Recuay, the sisters lamented, had been taken over by the people of the slopes, and the splendor of the town was slowly being reduced to a state of moral and physical decay. The provincial capital of Recuay is located on the western bank of the Santa River, and until the middle of the twentieth century, it was a thriving mining town and the center of cattle production in the upper part of the Santa watershed.

As “a merger of political economy with cultural studies” (Biersack 1999, 10), political ecology aims to move beyond static notions of environment and culture, concentrating instead on sociopolitical processes, the production of place, and the exercise of agency. A growing interest in water and climate change in relation to the extraction of minerals, oil, and gas and neoliberalism has provided fertile ground 6 · Introduction for scholars working between the environmental sciences, history, geography, and anthropology.

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