9780896086500

Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution and Profit

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  • ISBN13:

    9780896086500

  • ISBN10:

    089608650X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-02-01
  • Publisher: South End Pr

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Summary

In Water Wars, Vandana Shiva uses her remarkable knowledge of science and society to analyze the historical erosion of communal water rights. Examining the international water trade, damming, mining, and aquafarming, Shiva exposes the destruction of the earth and the disenfranchisement of the world's poor as they are stripped of their right to a precious common good. Shiva reveals how many of the most important conflicts of our time, most often camouflaged as ethnic wars or religious wars, such as the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, are in fact conflicts over scarce but vital natural resources. Water Wars celebrates the spiritual and traditional role water has played in communities throughout history, and warns that water privatization threatens cultures and livelihoods worldwide. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction: Converting Abundance into Scarcity 1(18)
Water Rights: The State, the Market, the Community
19(20)
Climate Change and the Water Crisis
39(14)
The Colonization of Rivers: Dams and Water Wars
53(34)
The World Bank, the WTO, and Corporate Control Over Water
87(20)
Food and Water
107(12)
Converting Scarcity into Abundance
119(12)
The Sacred Waters
131(10)
Appendix 141(6)
Index 147(11)
About the Author 158(1)
About South End Press 159(1)
Related Titles 160

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