Water for All: Community, Property, and Revolution in Modern Bolivia (Paperback)

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Water for All chronicles how Bolivians democratized water access, focusing on the Cochabamba region, which is known for acute water scarcity and explosive water protests. Sarah T. Hines examines conflict and compromises over water from the 1870s to the 2010s, showing how communities of water users increased supply and extended distribution through collective labor and social struggle. Analyzing a wide variety of sources, from agrarian reform case records to oral history interviews, Hines investigates how water dispossession in the late nineteenth century and reclaimed water access in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries prompted, shaped, and strengthened popular and indigenous social movements. The struggle for democratic control over water culminated in the successful 2000 Water War, a decisive turning point for Bolivian politics. This story offers lessons for contemporary resource management and grassroots movements about how humans can build equitable, democratic, and sustainable resource systems in the Andes, Latin America, and beyond.

About the Author

Sarah T. Hines is Assistant Professor of Latin American History at the University of Oklahoma.

Praise For…

"Water for All beautifully illustrates the relevance and the power of history as a discipline. It should be of interest to historians of Bolivia and anyone else interested in unearthing the long roots of Latin American discontent that still justify much of the political struggle in the region today."
— H-Net Reviews

"Hines masterfully illuminates the historical roots of grassroots water mobilization."
— Hispanic American Historical Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780520381643
ISBN-10: 0520381645
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: December 14th, 2021
Pages: 342
Language: English