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Author Trawick, Paul B.

Title The struggle for water in Peru : comedy and tragedy in the Andean commons / Paul B. Trawick.

Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Giblin Eunson  333.910098532 TRAW    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 351 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [327]-340) and index.
Contents Preface: A Note on Theory ix -- Introduction: Reading Social History in a Cultural Landscape 1 -- 1. Setting: A Valley on the Edge of "The Abyss" 17 -- 2. Early History: Story of a Hole on the Map 39 -- 3. Huaynacotas: Irrigation and Ethnicity in an Indigenous Community 71 -- 4. Pampamarca: Hierarchy and Inequity in a Colonized Community 110 -- 5. Cotahuasi: Domination and Social Decline in a Hacienda District 150 -- 6. A Failure of Good Intentions: The Military's Attempt at Land Reform 199 -- 7. Failure Again: Water Reform, Drought, and the Legacy of Class Conflict 228 -- 8. Water into Blood: Irrigation Improvement, Corruption, and the Coming of the Shining Path 273 -- Conclusion: The Story of Irrigation in the Andes--"Comedy" and Tragedy in the Commons 291.
Summary This ecological history of peasant society in the Peruvian Andes focuses on the politics of irrigation and water management in three villages whose terraces and canal systems date back to Inca times. Set in a remote valley, the book tells a story of domination and resulting social decline, showing how basic changes in the use of land, water, and labor have been pivotal in transforming the indigenous way of life.
Subject Water-supply -- Peru -- Cotahuasi River Watershed.
Irrigation -- Peru -- Cotahuasi River Watershed.
Social structure -- Peru -- Cotahuasi River Watershed.
Social conflict -- Peru -- Cotahuasi River Watershed.
Water-supply -- Government policy -- Peru.
ISBN 0804731101 (cloth : alk. paper)
0804731381 (paperback: alk. paper)