Micro-hydel technology is often perceived as “community-oriented” alternative system of rural electrification. This book documents micro-hydel technology realities and hydropower policy by mapping an interdisciplinary technography of four hydel systems from the Central Hills of Nepal. It examines how these socio-technical systems have been constructed within and by the community during a period when the research area exploded into local action generated by the Maoist movement. Democratising Micro-hydel shows that hydel technology inNepal illustrates significant characteristics of authorization in design. It further reveals that society and humans shape “technological democracy”. The adaptive micro-hydel not only represents illumination and development but also identity, conflict, power, violence, control and democracy. Against the backdrop of a myriad of design networks influenced by doors, manufacturers and embedded symbolism, Regmi asserts that the spread of democratic institutions does not ecessarily signify the spread of democratic technology. This book suggests that democratizing micro-hydel is the respectful and rightful accommodation of diversity, opposition ad desire to collectively build upon socio-technical consensus. The key messages and contribution of this research should be of interest to policy makers, engineers, external agencies and researchers.
|Place of Publication||Hyderabad|
|Number of pages||307|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
|Name||Wageningen University water resources series|
- rural areas
- appropriate technology
- water power