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Women and Water Governance in Peri-Urban settlements: A case study from the community Caltongo in Mexico City
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Water insecurity is one of the biggest socio-environmental challenges of our time. As water gets scarce, already disempowered groups become further marginalized. Throughout the last decades “good” water governance has been presented by global institutions and organizations as a key concept to render water management more effective, sustainable and democratic. However, general theories of “good” governance have been criticized for being gender-blind and for failing to recognize how governance is adopted at a local level, leading to different outcomes for people based on their social identity. The aim of this thesis is to identify water governance arrangements in Caltongo, a peri-urban community in Mexico City, and analyze what outcomes these arrangements have for women. The thesis builds on a feminist political ecology framework that cuts through both theory and method. Empirical data is collected through semi-structured interviews with women and community leaders in Caltongo. The analysis builds on a model that uses three concepts to define governance: resources, mechanisms and outcomes. The results of this analysis show that the strategies that women in Caltongo draw from to access water are based around political involvement, cash payment for water services and social networks. The outcomes are different for different women depending on their ability to use these strategies.

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2018. , p. 54
Keywords [en]
Water insecurity, water governance, peri-urban interference, feminist political ecology
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-157990OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-157990DiVA, id: diva2:1230118
Available from: 2018-07-12 Created: 2018-07-02 Last updated: 2018-07-12Bibliographically approved

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