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Water, Sovereignty and Borders in Asia and Oceania

Edited By: Heather Goodall, Devleena Ghosh and Stephanie Donald


Hardback | Sep 2008 | #168061 | ISBN-13: 9780415437264
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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.


1. Introduction: Fresh and Salt Devleena Ghosh, Heather Goodall and Stephen Muecke 2. The Forms of Water: In the Land and In the Soul Jeff Malpas 3. Variable Rights and Diminishing Control: The Evolution of Indigenous Maritime Sovereignty in Oceania Paul D'Arcy 4. Ocean, Empire and Nation: Japanese Fisheries Politics Kate Barclay 5. Water Futures and their Influence on Sovereignty in the Marshall Islands Dirk H. R. Spennemann 6. 'The Fisherman's Lot': Popular Responses to the Indian Ocean in Economic and Ecological Crisis Devleena Ghosh and Stephen Muecke 7. Boundaries, Scale and Power in South Asia Douglas Hill 8. Intellectual Critiques, People's Resistance and Inter-riparian Contestations: Constraints to the Power of the State regarding Flood Control and Water Management in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta of Bangladesh Shapan Adnan 9. Issues of Scale in Governing Water as a Common Good: The Mekong River Basin Philip Hirsch 10. Managing the Yellow River: Questions of Borders, Boundaries and Access Michael Webber, Jon Barnett, Brian Finlayson, Mark Wang 11. Watered Down? Legal Constructs, Tradable Entitlements and the Regulation of Water Janice Gray 12. Water -- Fluid Perceptions Tony McAvoy 13. For whom the Fitzroy River flows -- a Fluctuating Analysis of Social and Environmental Sustainability and Incremental Sovereignty Sandy Toussaint 14. Salt Pan Creek: Rivers as Border Zones within the Colonial City Heather Goodall and Allison Cadzow

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