The Right to Water : Politics, Governance and Social Struggles, Paperback / softback Book

The Right to Water : Politics, Governance and Social Struggles Paperback / softback

Edited by Farhana (Syracuse University, USA) Sultana, Alex (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK) Loftus

Part of the Earthscan Water Text series


The right to clean water has been adopted by the United Nations as a basic human right.

Yet how such universal calls for a right to water are understood, negotiated, experienced and struggled over remain key challenges.

The Right to Water elucidates how universal calls for rights articulate with local historical geographical contexts, governance, politics and social struggles, thereby highlighting the challenges and the possibilities that exist.

Bringing together a unique range of academics, policy-makers and activists, the book analyzes how struggles for the right to water have attempted to translate moral arguments over access to safe water into workable claims.

This book is an intervention at a crucial moment into the shape and future direction of struggles for the right to water in a range of political, geographic and socio-economics contexts, seeking to be pro-active in defining what this struggle could mean and how it might be taken forward in a far broader transformative politics.

The Right to Water engages with a range of approaches that focus on philosophical, legal and governance perspectives before seeking to apply these more abstract arguments to an array of concrete struggles and case studies.

In so doing, the book builds on empirical examples from Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and the European Union.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 270 pages, 5 Tables, black and white
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Development studies
  • ISBN: 9781849713597



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