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Smooth Flow? Hydrosocial Communities, Water Governance and Infrastructural Discord in the Peru’s Southern Highlands

Journal article
Authors Karsten Paerregaard
Susann Ullberg
Malene Brandshaug
Published in Water international
Volume 45
Issue 3
Pages 169-188
ISSN 0250-8060
Publication year 2020
Published at School of Global Studies, Social Anthropology
School of Global Studies
Pages 169-188
Language en
Keywords Water infrastructures, water values, water governance, conflict, cooperation, Peru
Subject categories Social Anthropology


The article examines how the design and governance of Peru’s water infrastructures shape the social practices and cultural values their stakeholders engage in and draw on when negotiating water rights in a year of drought. Reviewing ethnographic data on a large irrigation project in southwestern Peru it discusses how the project both perpetuates power relations between water experts, authorities and users and creates room to challenge its hierarchical organisation. The article suggests that the project’s infrastructural assemblage of state and community canals offers an interesting case to explore how the stakeholder cooperation encouraged by Peru’s water law produces hydrosocial communities.

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