Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The power politics of water struggles: Local resource management in the West Bank
by Mughal, Urooj, M.A., University of Oregon, 2013, 174; 1542820
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines the significance of a micro-level approach to the Israeli-Palestinian water conflict. By rethinking scale of analysis and examining local insecurities, Palestinian experiences reveal how water conflict plays out in latent and discursive ways. In a step-by-step method, I detail the processes and outcomes of the water struggle in the West Bank. First, I show how technical challenges ((i) poor water supply, (ii) antiquated water infrastructure, (iii) failed institutions) are shaped by political imperatives. Second, I show how Palestinians have responded to local water sector challenges: (iv) nonpayment to the Palestinian Water Authority for their water supply, (v) increasing rural to urban migration by Palestinian farmers. As a result, Palestinian society is stuck in cycles of crisis that make the conditions increasingly ungovernable. While Palestinians are stuck in a mode of ungovernability, their position in the peace process with Israel is undermined.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Galvan, Dennis
Commitee: Baxter, Diane, Murphy, Alexander B.
School: University of Oregon
Department: International Studies
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography, Middle Eastern Studies, Water Resource Management
Keywords: Hydro-hegemony, Local, Palestine, Power, Scale, Water conflict
Publication Number: 1542820
ISBN: 978-1-303-28324-6
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