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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