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Co-creating Water Commons: Civics, Environmentality, and 'Power With'

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Bruns, Bryan
Conference: Society for Applied Anthropology 75th Annual Meeting: Continuity and Change
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Conf. Date: March 24-28, 2015
Date: 2015
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/9695
Sector: Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): citizenship
water management
groundwater
institutional design
common pool resources
Abstract: "In Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, and other parts of India, the Foundation for Ecological Security is working with communities to develop better institutions for managing surface and groundwater. Sketch mapping, participatory hydrological monitoring, experimental games, crop-water budgeting, watershed conservation, and other activities develop shared knowledge of water resources, as citizens consider and carry out improvements. Habitations, containing dozens to hundreds of households, organize to work together, based on universal membership, within nested contexts of larger landscapes and social networks. From a practitioner's perspective, this paper explores ways of facilitating the co-creation of citizenship in water commons."

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