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'Mafias' in the Waterscape: Urban Informality and Everyday Public Authority in Bangalore

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dc.contributor.author Ranganathan, Malini
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-05T21:36:04Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-05T21:36:04Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9277
dc.description.abstract "This article investigates the phenomenon of Bangalore's urban 'water mafias', operators who extract and deliver groundwater to scores of informal residential areas in Indian cities. The term 'mafia' here is treated as a semantic area of situated meanings and cultural interpretations that needs to be historicised and prised open in order to better understand how the urban waterscape is produced and inhabited. It situates the provenance and workings of mafias within wider debates on urban informality, state formation, and urban infrastructure and space. Rather than seeing mafias as filling a gap where government water supply has failed, as mainstream narratives suggest, the paper argues that mafias must be seen as formative of the post-colonial state. It further suggests that the specific form of public authority exercised by water mafias explains the production of informality in Bangalore's waterscape. Based on ethnographic research in 2007-2009, the paper characterises the everyday authority wielded by mafias along three main registers: (i) the ability of mafias to make and break discursive and material boundaries between the formal and informal, public and private, and state and society, (ii) the varied nature of mafias' political practices, ranging from exploitation to electoral lobbying to social protection to the provision of welfare, and iii) mafias' complicity in both water and land regimes in a neo-liberalised urban political economy." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject authority en_US
dc.subject political economy en_US
dc.subject water management en_US
dc.title 'Mafias' in the Waterscape: Urban Informality and Everyday Public Authority in Bangalore en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country India en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Water Alternatives en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 7 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 89-105 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth February en_US

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