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Controlling the WaterMatching Technology and Institutions in Irrigation Management in India and Nepal$
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Dik Roth and Linden Vincent

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198082927

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082927.001.0001

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Analysing Water Control: Interdisciplinarity, Socio-technical Approach, and Institutions in Water Management

Analysing Water Control: Interdisciplinarity, Socio-technical Approach, and Institutions in Water Management

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(p.30) 1 Analysing Water Control: Interdisciplinarity, Socio-technical Approach, and Institutions in Water Management
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Controlling the Water
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Dik Roth

Linden Vincent

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082927.003.0002

This chapter first argues for a deeper understanding of the social, technical, and institutional dimensions of irrigation, their interactions, and the multiple ways in which they are embedded in a wider agro-ecological, agrarian-economic, and socio-cultural environment. This requires innovative research approaches characterized by an inter- or transdisciplinary rather than a disciplinary or sectoral approach. Second, it presents theoretical approaches to the technical, organizational–institutional, and political dimensions of water control and the ways in which they are interrelated, which have been used in the design and analysis of case studies in this volume. This conceptual–theoretical discussion focuses primarily on the socially constructed character of irrigation technology, and continues into the study of institutions for water management and governance, and the role of water rights.

Keywords:   water control, irrigation design, socio-technical approach, social construction of technology, interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, water rights, water management

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