The right to water: Politics, governance and social struggles

Farhana Sultana, Alex Loftus

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14 Scopus citations


The right to clean water has been adopted by the United Nations as a basic human right. Yet how such universal calls for a right to water are understood, negotiated, experienced and struggled over remain key challenges. The Right to Water elucidates how universal calls for rights articulate with local historical geographical contexts, governance, politics and social struggles, thereby highlighting the challenges and the possibilities that exist. Bringing together a unique range of academics, policy-makers and activists, the book analyzes how struggles for the right to water have attempted to translate moral arguments over access to safe water into workable claims. This book is an intervention at a crucial moment into the shape and future direction of struggles for the right to water in a range of political, geographic and socio-economics contexts, seeking to be pro-active in defining what this struggle could mean and how it might be taken forward in a far broader transformative politics.

The Right to Water engages with a range of approaches that focus on philosophical, legal and governance perspectives before seeking to apply these more abstract arguments to an array of concrete struggles and case studies. In so doing, the book builds on empirical examples from Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and the European Union.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages289
ISBN (Electronic)9781136518645
ISBN (Print)9780203152102
StatePublished - Oct 18 2013


  • water
  • human rights
  • development
  • social justice
  • Geography
  • International

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Environmental Science


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