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Fresh water, salt water, and brackish water in Asia, Oceania, and the West Pacific are at the focus of this book.
From oceans and rivers to lagoons, billabongs and estuaries, it draws on water's many formations in debating human relationships as a major source of life and a major factor in contemporary politics. Water access and the environmental and social problems of development are some of the major issues of concern in this century. This book brings multidisciplinary perspectives - from the angle of social sciences, cultural theory, policy-making, environmental studies and physical sciences - to research and decision-making processes. It is organized around the themes of fresh and salt, and borders and sovereignty. By situating water as both an object of thematic enquiry and as a lens of description and analysis in pursuing these themes, the contributors address the physical descriptors of water and water flow, interrogating the politicized administrations of water in closely corresponding regions.
Water, Sovereignty and Borders in Asia and Oceania identifies new discursive possibilities for thinking about water in theory and in practice. It presents those discourses that seem most useful in addressing the multiple crises that the region is facing and thus will be of interest to scholars of Asian studies, geography, the environment and cultural studies.