Political ecology of water: theoretical-methodological reflections for the study of irrigation in the province of Mendoza.

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Ecología política del agua: reflexiones teórico-metodológicas para el estudio del regadío en la provincia de Mendoza.
Robin Larsimont
Conference Paper
IFRH 2014
In recent years, critical research has multiplied around the conceptual and theoretical approach to the role of water in the complex relationship between society and nature and in the power relations that go through its management. Within this conceptual proliferation, it is important to highlight the role of the political ecology of water. Concepts such as waterscape, hydro-social cycles deserve, according to our judgment, a particular attention, especially in a province like Mendoza where water is the pillar around which society and its territory are organized. In this work we propose mainly, to investigate these new concepts, their origins as well as the theoretical debates they generate. Then and in an exploratory manner, we will identify its contributions to the understanding of the complex water problems of the main basin of the province, the Mendoza River, with special emphasis on the issue of irrigation. Methodologically, we will start with a critical reading of the specialized bibliography for later, reinterpret the water situation of the basin in light of these concepts.
Original Abstract
En los últimos años, se multiplicaron las investigaciones críticas en torno al abordaje conceptual y teórico respecto al papel del agua en la compleja relación sociedad-naturaleza y en las relaciones de poder que atraviesan su gestión. Dentro de esta proliferación conceptual, cabe destacar el papel de la ecología política del agua. Conceptos como waterscape, ciclos hidro-social merecen, según nuestro juicio, una particular atención, especialmente en una provincia como Mendoza donde el agua es el pilar en torno al cual se organiza la sociedad y su territorio. En este
trabajo nos proponemos principalmente, indagar estos nuevos conceptos, sus orígenes como así también, los debates teóricos que generan. Luego y de manera exploratoria, identificaremos sus aportes a la comprensión de las complejas problemáticas hídricas de la principal cuenca de la provincia, el río Mendoza, haciendo especial hincapié en la cuestión de los regadíos. Metodológicamente, partiremos de una lectura crítica de la bibliografía especializada para luego,
reinterpretar la situación hídrica de la cuenca a la luz de estos conceptos.
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