We focus on how the perceived, and occasionally real, water scarcity on the island may be understood as a socio-environmental or techno-natural problem deriving from a combination of ecological, political and socio-economic factors. First, we show how a particular set of socio-environmental relations and entanglements has characterized this region since the unification of Italy in the mid-nineteenth century. These relations have proven to be extremely resilient over time because of their ability to adapt to changing political and economic contexts. We examine those relations and entanglements through considering the techno-natural water infrastructures on the island and how they express particular political and social power configurations. Our main empirical focus is on the Sicilian water crisis of summer , which was a particularly revelatory moment as far as the socio-natural power relations involved in access to water were concerned. The prolonged interruptions of water supply between May and September created considerable urban social unrest and brought the water issue to the centre of an extremely polarized and intense public debate.
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He graduated with an MSc in Agricultural Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven in , with a thesis focussed on agrarian change in the community of Heers.
He earned his PhD with a thesis entitled "The production of new spaces of production" under the supervision of the renowned Marxist geographer David Harvey at Johns Hopkins University in From until Swyngedouw taught at the University of Oxford as professor of geography and was a fellow of St. He began teaching at the University of Manchester in His interests have also included political-ecological themes and the transformation of nature, notably water issues, in Ecuador , Spain , the UK , and elsewhere in Europe.
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Mooguramar Technological networks water, gas, electricity, information etc. AbstractThis article analyses the disjointed, incomplete and often malfunctioning techno-natural networks that make up the Sicilian hydraulic system and the social power relations associated with them, which shape access to and distribution of water in Sicily. Professor of Geography, The University of Manchester. The University of Manchester. Erik Swyngedouw — Google Scholar Citations Jan 1, Publication Name: A regulation approach to the geography swyhgedouw flexible production systems more. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 33 3, We focus on how the perceived, and occasionally real, water scarcity on the island may be understood as a socio-environmental or techno-natural problem deriving from a combination of ecological, political and socio-economic factors. The city as a hybrid: This manuscript was accepted for publication on 21 Nov in the journal Theory, Culture and Society.