The Social Character of Water

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series


This chapter introduces our main arguments concerning the interrelation between water conflicts and the social struggle over the territory of citizenship in the Basin of Mexico. This connection has been largely neglected in the literature for a number of reasons, perhaps owing mainly to the overriding weight of physical-natural constraints on the control and management of water resources and services, which may explain the predominance of techno-scientific explanations to problems in this field. However, this prevailing approach tends to neglect the existence of protracted social inequalities in the access to water and safe water services which are the cause of enormous suffering for millions in the basin, and a major factor in precluding them from full membership of their society. This work attempts to make a contribution to better understanding the main factors underlying these unacceptable conditions.


Water Service Water Sector Social Character Water Governance Water Conflict 
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© José Esteban Castro 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Newcastle upon TyneUK

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