The Geopolitics of Infrastructure: Development, Expertise, and Nation on the Indus Rivers

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Title:
The Geopolitics of Infrastructure: Development, Expertise, and Nation on the Indus Rivers
Author:
Akhter, Majed
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
This dissertation approaches the geopolitics of river infrastructure in the Indus Basin through the structured interaction of "hydraulic regionalism" and "technocratic developmentalism". The former occurs when regional elites feel their access to river resources are threatened by upstream infrastructure development. The latter occurs when technocratic elites underplay the geopolitics of regional vulnerability by stressing the overall integrated development of river resources to maximize utility. The dissertation interprets archival, legal, and ethnographic data regarding the negotiation and adjudication of the Indus Waters Treaty between India, Pakistan, and the World Bank, as well as the implementation of the Indus Basin Development Fund Agreement. The dissertation also analyzes upstream/downstream tension between the Pakistani provinces of Punjab and Sindh. The contributions of this dissertation are in the fields of post-colonial state theory, the political ecology/economy of environmental knowledge, the geopolitics of river disputes, and Marxist methodology.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Antonio Gramsci; Cold War; Indus Waters Treaty; Pakistan; Technopolitics; Uneven development
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Geography
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Robbins, Paul F.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleThe Geopolitics of Infrastructure: Development, Expertise, and Nation on the Indus Riversen_US
dc.creatorAkhter, Majeden_US
dc.contributor.authorAkhter, Majeden_US
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation approaches the geopolitics of river infrastructure in the Indus Basin through the structured interaction of "hydraulic regionalism" and "technocratic developmentalism". The former occurs when regional elites feel their access to river resources are threatened by upstream infrastructure development. The latter occurs when technocratic elites underplay the geopolitics of regional vulnerability by stressing the overall integrated development of river resources to maximize utility. The dissertation interprets archival, legal, and ethnographic data regarding the negotiation and adjudication of the Indus Waters Treaty between India, Pakistan, and the World Bank, as well as the implementation of the Indus Basin Development Fund Agreement. The dissertation also analyzes upstream/downstream tension between the Pakistani provinces of Punjab and Sindh. The contributions of this dissertation are in the fields of post-colonial state theory, the political ecology/economy of environmental knowledge, the geopolitics of river disputes, and Marxist methodology.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectAntonio Gramscien_US
dc.subjectCold Waren_US
dc.subjectIndus Waters Treatyen_US
dc.subjectPakistanen_US
dc.subjectTechnopoliticsen_US
dc.subjectUneven developmenten_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGeographyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorRobbins, Paul F.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRobbins, Paul F.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBauer, Carl J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberEaton, Richard M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberOglesby, Elizabethen_US
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