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Water, Kinship and War

Date of publication
24-Jun-2015
Abstract
Water is central to local accounts of colonial settlement and trade and oral histories link spring water to inter-regional conflict as well as anti-colonial sentiment and resistance. These distinctive regional narrative genres and associated practices suggest that throughout the colonial period, spring water continued to play a central role in the contestations over power and place and was a key enabler of both war and peacemaking. This agency of water, and people's relations with it through the hydrosocial cycle, is shown to continue to recalibrate relations into the present.

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