Hydraulic City

Water and the Infrastructures of Citizenship in Mumbai

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9780199477654

Publication date:

11/09/2017

Hardback

312 pages

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ISBN:

9780199477654

Publication date:

11/09/2017

Hardback

312 pages

South Asia Edition Edition

Nikhil Anand

In Hydraulic City Nikhil Anand explores the politics of Mumbai’s water infrastructure to demonstrate how citizenship emerges through the continuous efforts to control, maintain, and manage the city’s water. Through extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Mumbai’s settlements, Anand found that Mumbai’s water flows, not through a static collection of pipes and valves, but through a dynamic infrastructure built on the relations between residents, plumbers, politicians, engineers, and the 3,000 miles of pipe that bind them.

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South Asia Edition Edition

Nikhil Anand

Description

In Hydraulic City Nikhil Anand explores the politics of Mumbai’s water infrastructure to demonstrate how citizenship emerges through the continuous efforts to control, maintain, and manage the city’s water. Through extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Mumbai’s settlements, Anand found that Mumbai’s water flows, not through a static collection of pipes and valves, but through a dynamic infrastructure built on the relations between residents, plumbers, politicians, engineers, and the 3,000 miles of pipe that bind them. In addition to distributing water, the public water network often reinforces social identities and the exclusion of marginalized groups, as only those actively recognized by city agencies receive legitimate water services. This form of recognition—what Anand calls ‘hydraulic citizenship’—is incremental, intermittent, and reversible. It provides residents an important access point through which they can make demands on the state for other public services such as sanitation and education. Tying the ways Mumbai’s poorer residents are seen by the state to their historic, political, and material relations with water pipes, the book highlights the critical role infrastructures play in consolidating civic and social belonging in the city.

About the Author
Nikhil Anand
is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

South Asia Edition Edition

Nikhil Anand

Table of contents


Preface: Water Stories
Acknowledgments

Introduction. Water Works
Interlude. A City in the Sea

1. SCARE CITIES
Interlude. Fieldwork

2. SETTLEMENT
Interlude. Renewing Water

3. TIME PÉ (ON TIME)
Interlude. Flood

4. SOCIAL WORK
Interlude. River/Sewer

5. LEAKS
Interlude. Jharna (Spring)

6. DISCONNECTION
Interlude. Miracles

Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

South Asia Edition Edition

Nikhil Anand

Features

  • The first book that ties the technology of water production in rural areas of India, to the politics of water distribution of water in the city
  • Free multimedia teaching resources and tools online can be found at http://hydraulic.city

South Asia Edition Edition

Nikhil Anand

South Asia Edition Edition

Nikhil Anand

Description

In Hydraulic City Nikhil Anand explores the politics of Mumbai’s water infrastructure to demonstrate how citizenship emerges through the continuous efforts to control, maintain, and manage the city’s water. Through extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Mumbai’s settlements, Anand found that Mumbai’s water flows, not through a static collection of pipes and valves, but through a dynamic infrastructure built on the relations between residents, plumbers, politicians, engineers, and the 3,000 miles of pipe that bind them. In addition to distributing water, the public water network often reinforces social identities and the exclusion of marginalized groups, as only those actively recognized by city agencies receive legitimate water services. This form of recognition—what Anand calls ‘hydraulic citizenship’—is incremental, intermittent, and reversible. It provides residents an important access point through which they can make demands on the state for other public services such as sanitation and education. Tying the ways Mumbai’s poorer residents are seen by the state to their historic, political, and material relations with water pipes, the book highlights the critical role infrastructures play in consolidating civic and social belonging in the city.

About the Author
Nikhil Anand
is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

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Table of contents


Preface: Water Stories
Acknowledgments

Introduction. Water Works
Interlude. A City in the Sea

1. SCARE CITIES
Interlude. Fieldwork

2. SETTLEMENT
Interlude. Renewing Water

3. TIME PÉ (ON TIME)
Interlude. Flood

4. SOCIAL WORK
Interlude. River/Sewer

5. LEAKS
Interlude. Jharna (Spring)

6. DISCONNECTION
Interlude. Miracles

Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

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