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Os desafios do Paradigma da "cidadania" hídrica na América Latina: conflitos, estado e democracia (The challenges of the paradigm of water "citizenship" in Latin America: conflicts, state and democracy)

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Esteban CastroORCiD, Dr Luis Cunha



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The politicization of water - denouncing the power inequalities involved inconflict situations and the management of water sources and water-based services -also emerged as a response to efforts to “commodify” water, ie Commodity, throughthe privatization of distribution and sanitation companies, the commercializationof the forms of operation of the public companies themselves, and other neoliberalpolicies that, since the 1980s, have sought to establish a global deregulated marketfor water and sanitation services. Water and sewage. This article seeks to contributeto the construction of an alternative to the dominant frameworks of the waterdebate in the Brazilian semi-arid region: droughts, development and coexistence,all linked to the “supply paradigm”., through the analysis of Waterlat-Gobacit’sexperience, the transposition of the São Francisco and the access to water throughthe cisterns, with extensive bibliographical review and data collection through semistructuredinterviews.Addressing the issue of water in terms of rights, citizenshipand democracy necessarily forces a reflection on the role that the State has playedin this beginning of the 21st Century in Latin America and the Brazilian semi-arid.The analysis was based on the research experience and the experience in the fieldcombined with the readings and discussions in national and international forums.Latin America is experiencing a time of uncertainty regarding water and otherservices.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Castro JE, Silva JIAO, Cunha LH

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Prim@ Facie

Year: 2017

Volume: 16

Issue: 32

Pages: 1-39

Print publication date: 15/08/2017

Online publication date: 15/08/2017

Acceptance date: 15/07/2017

Date deposited: 23/08/2017

ISSN (electronic): 1678-2593

Publisher: Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil