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Everyday governance of the waste waterscapes
A Foucauldian analysis in Delhi’s informal settlements

dc.contributor.advisorBohle, Hans-Georg
dc.contributor.authorZimmer, Anna
dc.date.accessioned2022-09-20T11:32:37Z
dc.date.available2020-04-18T00:59:38Z
dc.date.available2022-09-20T11:32:37Z
dc.date.issued20.09.2012
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11811/5369.2
dc.description.abstractWaste water governance presents a major challenge in India’s cities and megacities. High rainfall variability, partial sewer networks, and waste water discharge through often dilapidated and silted storm water drains lead to impracticalities of daily life, health hazards, and environmental pollution, among other problems. Mostly located in the blanks of the sewer map, exposure to waste water is especially high in informal settlements. As everyday lives get affected, governing the waste waterscape becomes a perpetual negotiation process between local bureaucrats, politicians and residents.
Against this background, this thesis investigates how governance processes produce the waste waterscape, understood as a social, constructed and material space. Combining the literature on governance with insights into the ‘everyday state’ (Fuller & Bénéï, 2001), the concept of everyday governance is developed. To better grasp the effect of power in governance, Foucault’s governmentality approach is introduced. With its help, practices of waste water governance are placed at the centre of analysis. After studying the waste water governmentalities and the approach to informal settlements in Delhi through a genealogical analysis, governance practices are investigated. The analysis is carried out in two types of informal settlements: a squatter settlement and a semi-legal area built in contradiction to the Delhi Master Plan (Unauthorised Colony). In both, qualitative methods such as interviews, ethnographic observation and Participative Urban Appraisal have been used extensively while mapping the settlements with their waste water infrastructure and related problems, too.
Results show that waste water governance is addressed in policies through concerns such as public health, sanitation, and more recently, water and rivers. Waste water is governed through power-laden processes that are predicated on ‘Othering’ (Spivak, 1985) certain groups, labelled as less clean, less ritually pure, or less hygienic.
In Delhi, residents of informal settlements are part of these groups, as their waste water-related practices are characterised as highly problematic and in need of change. Yet, while squatters are not invited to participate in governance processes, inhabitants of the Unauthorised Colony are seen as potential partners in governance by the government. Both groups, however, have very limited opportunities to participate in framing problems of urban governance. This results in major waste water issues being ‘invisible’ to politicians and bureaucrats. At the same time, residents’ self-help is dismissed by state representatives as problematic or even illegal. Results point to processes that powerfully delegitimise inhabitants’ production of the material urban space.
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.subjectAbwasser
dc.subjectMegastadt
dc.subjectIndien
dc.subjectSlum
dc.subjectNeu-Delhi
dc.subjectInfrastruktur
dc.subjectEntwicklungsgeographie
dc.subjectStadtgeographie
dc.subjectGouvernementalität
dc.subjectInformelle Siedlung
dc.subjectwaste water
dc.subjectmega city
dc.subjectIndia
dc.subjectNew Delhi
dc.subjectinfrastructure
dc.subjectdevelopment geography
dc.subjecturban geography
dc.subjectgovernmentality
dc.subjectinformal settlement
dc.subject.ddc910 Geografie, Reisen
dc.titleEveryday governance of the waste waterscapes
dc.title.alternativeA Foucauldian analysis in Delhi’s informal settlements
dc.typeDissertation oder Habilitation
dc.publisher.nameUniversitäts- und Landesbibliothek Bonn
dc.publisher.locationBonn
dc.rights.accessRightsopenAccess
dc.identifier.urnhttps://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:hbz:5-68037
ulbbn.pubtypeErstveröffentlichung
ulbbnediss.affiliation.nameRheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
ulbbnediss.affiliation.locationBonn
ulbbnediss.thesis.levelDissertation
ulbbnediss.dissID2956
ulbbnediss.date.accepted28.10.2011
ulbbnediss.instituteMathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät : Fachgruppe Erdwissenschaften / Geographisches Institut
ulbbnediss.fakultaetMathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
dc.contributor.coRefereeDittrich, Christoph


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