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Contesting Water Rights

Local, State, and Global Struggles


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Mangala Subramaniam
    Pages 1-23
  3. Mangala Subramaniam
    Pages 59-94
  4. Mangala Subramaniam
    Pages 153-167
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 169-178

About this book


As globalization processes and related neoliberal agendas promote privatization through state action, people’s struggles for rights to water have intensified. In this context, this book examines the role of the ambivalent state in local struggles for water, which are deeply intertwined with global forums that support and/or challenge the privatization of water resources. These local-global struggles have redefined the relationships between the state, corporations, and other social actors that impact the local politics of inequality and marginalization.


neoliberal privatization state power water resources global forums transnational social movement contestation of rights water realities informal mechanisms of protest protest transnational forums NGO water contestation water activism transnational water forums

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

About the authors

Mangala Subramaniam is Professor of Sociology and Butler Chair and Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence at Purdue University, USA. She is a leading scholar in the areas of gender and its intersections with caste and class, social movements, environmental justice, and globalization.

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