Critical water geographies: From histories to affect

Daanish Mustafa, Sarah J. Halvorson

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Water resource geography has undergone a considerable transformation since its original moorings in engineering and the pure sciences. As this Special Issue demonstrates, many intellectual and practical gains are being made through a politicized practice of water scholarship. This work by geographers integrates a critical social scientific perspective on agency, power relations, method and most importantly the affective/emotional aspects of water with profound familiarity and expertise across sub-disciplines and regions. Here, the 'critical' aspects of water resource geography imply anti-positivist epistemologies pressed into the service of contributing to social justice and liberation from water-related political and material struggles. The five papers making up this Special Issue address these substantive and theoretical concerns across South and West Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and North America.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2001
JournalWater (Switzerland)
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • Access
  • Critical geography
  • Methodological pluralism
  • Relations of power
  • Scale
  • Social justice
  • Social-hydrological systems
  • Water affect


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