With respect to land and water management in Iran, three paradigms can be distinguished. The pre-modern paradigm can be characterised by its key technical system (the `qanat¿ underground irrigation system), its main social institution (the `buneh¿ cooperative organisation of agricultural production), and its ethical framework (Zoroastrianism and Islam). The paradigm of industrial modernity can be identified by the partial replacement of `qanats¿ by dams, the substitution of the `buneh¿ by a system of smallholding, and the emergence of a mechanistic worldview. Since the 1970s, industrial modernity has gradually given way to what has come to be known as `reflexive modernity¿. In Iran, the new paradigm is still in its first stage, and must be conceptualised and developed in terms of new technical systems of land and water management, of corresponding social institutions and of a new ethical framework that is sensitive to the specific features of the region.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the International History Seminar of Irrigation and Drainage, Tehran, Iran, 2 - 5 May, 2007|
|Place of Publication||Teheran, Iran|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
|Event||International History Seminar on Irrigation and Drainage - |
Duration: 2 May 2007 → 5 May 2007
|Seminar||International History Seminar on Irrigation and Drainage|
|Period||2/05/07 → 5/05/07|