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Boundary Concepts for the Interdisciplinary Analysis of Irrigation Water Management in South Asia

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/9780198082927.003.0013
Boundary Concepts for the Interdisciplinary Analysis of Irrigation Water Management in South Asia

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This chapter explores the conceptual terrain at the interface of physical–technical science and social science approaches to water management, looking for boundary concepts that allow us to think the different dimensions of water management simultaneously rather than separately. It seeks to find ways to combine a socio-political perspective of water management policy, institutions, and organizations with a perspective on the politics of technology, infrastructure, and landscapes. It gives an overview of the different ways in which such conceptual hybridization has been attempted. More specifically, it illustrates how this has been elaborated in the South Asian context, particularly in the research conducted under the ‘Matching Technology and Institutions’ project of which this volume is the collective output. It reflects on the experience of the kind of interdisciplinary research that formed the basis of this volume and stresses the importance of this approach for future academic and policy-related research.

Keywords: water resources analysis; interdisciplinarity; boundary concepts; socio-political perspectives; politics of technology; water institutions; irrigation in South Asia

Chapter.  8380 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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