River Control in India

Spatial, Governmental and Subjective Dimensions

  • Ravi Baghel

Part of the Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research book series (AAHER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 163-165

About this book


Large river systems throughout the planet have been dramatically transformed due to river control projects such as large dams and embankments. Unlike other major human impacts like anthropogenic climate change, the alteration of river systems has been deliberate and planned by a small, powerful set of experts. Taking India as a case study, this book examines the way experts transform the planet through their discourse by their advocacy of river projects. This book identifies the spatial aspects of the norms through which the ideal river and the deficient river in need of control are produced. The role of governmental rationality in explaining the seemingly irrational and counter-productive effects of large projects like Kosi river embankments is considered. Finally using autobiographical material, the subjectivity of expert advice is examined, questioning its presumed objectivity. By examining the different subjective stances arising from the same body of expertise, this book discusses the consequences this has for river control specifically, and for the relation between expertise and environmental change in general.


Governmentality Large Dams Political Ecology South Asia

Authors and affiliations

  • Ravi Baghel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeographySouth Asia Institute, Heidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-04432-3
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-04431-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-04432-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1879-7180
  • Series Online ISSN 1879-7199
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