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Mega-damming, pollution and depletion endanger rivers worldwide. Meanwhile, modernist imaginaries of ordering ‘unruly waters and humans’ have become cornerstones of hydraulic-bureaucratic and capitalist development. They separate hydro/social worlds, sideline river-commons cultures, and deepen socio-environmental injustices. But myriad new water justice movements (NWJMs) proliferate: rooted, disruptive, transdisciplinary, multi-scalar coalitions that deploy alternative river–society ontologies, bridge South–North divides, and translate river-enlivening practices from local to global and vice-versa. This paper's framework conceptualizes ‘riverhood’ to engage with NWJMs and river commoning initiatives. We suggest four interrelated ontologies, situating river socionatures as arenas of material, social and symbolic co-production: ‘river-as-ecosociety’, ‘river-as-territory’, ‘river-as-subject’, and ‘river-as-movement’.
|Journal||Journal of Peasant Studies|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 15 Nov 2022|
- disruptive co-production
- Environmental justice
- hydrosocial territories
- ontological complexity
- river commoning
- translocal movements
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RIVERHOOD: Living Rivers and the New Water Justice Movements: From Dominating Waterscapes to the Rights of Nature
1/07/21 → 30/06/26
Project: EU research project