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Urban water and the politics of citizenship: the case of the Mexico City Metropolitan Area during the 1980s and 1990s

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Esteban CastroORCiD


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This paper focuses on the interrelations between access to urban water services and citizenship rights, taking the case of the Mexico City Metropolitan Area as the empirical reference. Recent research has shown that social struggles over the access to and improvement of water services have been an important component of Mexican public life during at least the last twenty years. The article argues that mainstream explanations of the water crises tend to reduce the problem to its economic, technological and physical-natural dimensions. Although we recognize the relevance of these factors affecting the provision of efficient and universal water and sanitation services, we place the emphasis on the socio-economic and political inequalities that determine the exclusion of large sectors of the population from full access to the essential living conditions, including water services.

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Author(s): Castro JE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environment and Planning A

Year: 2004

Volume: 36

Issue: 2

Pages: 327-346

ISSN (print): 1472-3409

ISSN (electronic): 1472-3409

Publisher: Pion Ltd.


DOI: 10.1068/a35159


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