Cultivating the Nile: The Everyday Politics of Water in Egypt (New Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century) (Hardcover)

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The waters of the Nile are fundamental to life in Egypt. In this compelling ethnography, Jessica Barnes explores the everyday politics of water: a politics anchored in the mundane yet vital acts of blocking, releasing, channeling, and diverting water. She examines the quotidian practices of farmers, government engineers, and international donors as they interact with the waters of the Nile flowing into and through Egypt. Situating these local practices in relation to broader processes that affect Nile waters, Barnes moves back and forth from farmer to government ministry, from irrigation canal to international water conference. By showing how the waters of the Nile are constantly made and remade as a resource by people in and outside Egypt, she demonstrates the range of political dynamics, social relations, and technological interventions that must be incorporated into understandings of water and its management.

About the Author


Jessica Barnes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment and Sustainability Program at the University of South Carolina.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780822357414
ISBN-10: 0822357410
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: September 17th, 2014
Pages: 248
Language: English
Series: New Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century