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Social Power and the Urbanization of Water: Flows of Power

Erik Swyngedouw


Taking as his case-study the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador, where 600,000 people lack easy access to potable water, Erik Swyngedouw aims to reconstruct, theoretically and empirically, the political, social, and economic conduits through which water flows, and to identify how power relations infuse the metabolic transformation of water as it becomes urban. These flows of water which are simultaneously physical and social carry in their currents the embodiment of myriad social struggles and conflicts. The excavation of these flows narrates stories about the city's structure and development. Yet t ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198233916
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198233916.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Swyngedouw, author