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Analysing Water Control: Interdisciplinarity, Socio-technical Approach, and Institutions in Water Management

Dik Roth and Linden Vincent

in Controlling the Water

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780198082927
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082247 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082927.003.0002
Analysing Water Control: Interdisciplinarity, Socio-technical Approach, and Institutions in Water Management

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This chapter first argues for a deeper understanding of the social, technical, and institutional dimensions of irrigation, their interactions, and the multiple ways in which they are embedded in a wider agro-ecological, agrarian-economic, and socio-cultural environment. This requires innovative research approaches characterized by an inter- or transdisciplinary rather than a disciplinary or sectoral approach. Second, it presents theoretical approaches to the technical, organizational–institutional, and political dimensions of water control and the ways in which they are interrelated, which have been used in the design and analysis of case studies in this volume. This conceptual–theoretical discussion focuses primarily on the socially constructed character of irrigation technology, and continues into the study of institutions for water management and governance, and the role of water rights.

Keywords: water control; irrigation design; socio-technical approach; social construction of technology; interdisciplinarity; transdisciplinarity; water rights; water management

Chapter.  9968 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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