These sessions address the politics of urban water with a particular focus on how communities struggling against injustice cultivate relations with watersheds in their responses and resistance to environmental racism, socio-ecological segregation, gentrification, and neoliberal development. How do communities entangled with particular watersheds navigate relations of power and capital in cities? What are the relations of affect and power that structure and situate assemblages of people, surface waters, and urban space? Research on social vulnerability, political ecology, environmental justice, and water governance has highlighted the intensity and diversity of relationships between urban communities and the waters they live with. This special session presents interdisciplinary scholarship on the way that race, class, segregation, and inequality are performed and contested in the hydrosocial relations of the city. While work focusing on water infrastructure and access to safe drinking water may be included, we are particularly keen to highlight scholarship that looks at the relation between urban communities or neighborhoods and their surface waters. Seeking to extend and facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue among geography, anthropology, cultural studies, urban studies, physical science, and policy studies, this panel addresses the challenges that urban neighborhoods encounter as they struggle against social and environmental inequities in relation to the flow of water through their rivers, creeks, swamps, bays, and estuaries.
|Presenter||Diganta Das*, Nanyang Technological University, Tracey Skelton, National University of Singapore, Hydrating Hyderabad: Geographies of water distribution, privatization and everyday practices||20||4:00 PM|
|Presenter||Scott Raulerson*, Georgia State University, Richard Milligan, Georgia State University, Ellis Adjei Adams, Georgia State University, Urban Water and Hydrosocial Inequalities in Atlanta: Neoliberal Failures and Stakeholder Governance with Uneven Impact and Benefits||20||4:20 PM|
|Presenter||Flavia Bonolo Dantas*, Texas A&M University, Public-Private Partnerships: An Environmental Sustainability and Social Equity Assessment for Water and Sanitation Provision in São Paulo, Brazil||20||4:40 PM|
|Presenter||Alex Bennett*, , Hegemony in the Water: Gramsci, Environmental Justice, and the Flint Water Crisis||20||5:00 PM|
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