Where Rivers Meet the Sea

The Political Ecology of Water

Stephanie C. Kane
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Publication: Jul 12

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246 pages
6 x 9
5 figs., 14 halftones

A creative, narrative approach to environmental destruction in urban waterscapes, focusing on neighborhood activists who pressure their governments to follow existing law.

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Where fresh water appears to be abundant and generally accessible, chronic pollution may be relatively ignored as a public issue. Yet there are those whose lives, livelihoods, and traditions are touched directly by the destructive albeit essential relationship between humans and water. In her passionate and persuasively argued Where Rivers Meet the Sea, Stephanie Kane compares two cities and nations—Salvador, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina—as she tells the stories of those who organize in the streets, petition the courts, and challenge their governments to implement and enforce existing laws designed to protect springs, lakes, harbors, and rivers. Illuminating the complex and distinctive cultural forces in the South Atlantic that shape conflicts and collaborations pertaining to particular waterfront settings, Kane shows the dilemmas, inventiveness, and persistence that provide the foundation for environmental and social justice movements writ large.

Table of Contents

List of Figures Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations 1 Introduction PART I Salvador da Bahia, Brazil 2 Sense and Science at the Lake of Dark Waters 3 Dune Shenanigans and Rebellious Festival Memories 4 Of Sewage, Sacrifice, and Sacred Springs Coda: The Assassination of Antonio Conceição Reis PART II Buenos Aires, Argentina 5 Water History, Water Activism 6 Iconic Bridges of la Boca and Madero (Dereliction as Opportunity) 7 Neighbors Fight to Reverse Eco-Blind Engineering in Tigre Delta 8 Convergent Protest from the Provinces: Hydroelectricity + Gold Mining = Water Predation 9 Conclusion Glossary Notes References Index

About the Author(s)

Stephanie C. Kane is Professor in the Department of International Studies in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University. She is author of The Phantom Gringo Boat: Shamanic Discourse and Development in Panama, and AIDS Alibis: Sex, Drugs, and Crime in the Americas (Temple). She is coeditor of Crime's Power: Anthropologists and the Ethnography of Crime.