Water crisis through the analytic of urban transformation: an analysis of Bangalore’s hydrosocial regimes

Michael R Goldman, Devika Narayan

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Abstract

This paper explores intensified water crisis in Bangalore (or Bengaluru) in India by using the analytic of three hydrosocial regimes: the catchment-based regime, the hydraulic regime and the speculative urban regime. It uses a wide range of qualitative interviews, scientific reports and secondary sources to analyze shifting urban trajectories, agrarian relations and their interlinkages with water. Historical ruptures (in the realm of governance, urban growth and changing urban–rural dynamics) allow one to highlight the complex role of speculative logics that shape urban expansion and water scarcity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-114
Number of pages20
JournalWater International
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 17 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Research was funded by an American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Fellowship, Dr V. K. R. V. Rao Chair Professorship from the Institute for Social and Economic Change, University of Minnesota research grants, an International WaTERS research and training network SSHRC grant, and a collaborative research project on Speculative Urbanism funded by National Science Foundation [grant number BCS-1626437]. The authors thank Anuradha Sajjanhar for excellent support in the research and editorial process. They are indebted to Rachel Schurman for crucial intellectual and editorial input; and Manjunath, Mallesh, Prasanth, Vinay Baindur, Vidya P. S. and Ini Periodi for providing invaluable research support. H. S. Sudhira created two excellent maps for this paper and was always available for interviews and discussion. The authors are grateful for the feedback received from scholars hosted by Wageningen University’s ‘Urban Water Challenges’ workshop, 2016, especially the editors of this special issue–Leila Harris, Rutgerd Boelens, Lena Hommes and Gert Jan Veldwisch–who offered extremely helpful comments, their colleagues at the Institute for Social and Economic Change and National Institute for Advanced Studies in Bangalore; and Carol Upadhya, Hemangini Gupta, Vinay Gidwani, Helga Leitner, Eric Sheppard, Lalit Batra, Anant Maringanti, Leo Saldanha and many others in the field.

Funding Information:
Research was funded by an American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Fellowship, Dr V. K. R. V. Rao Chair Professorship from the Institute for Social and Economic Change, University of Minnesota research grants, an International WaTERS research and training network SSHRC grant, and a collaborative research project on Speculative Urbanism funded by National Science Foundation [grant number BCS-1626437].

Keywords

  • Bangalore
  • Water crisis
  • global cities
  • political ecology
  • speculative urbanism

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