A Sociospatial Approach to Domestic Water Use in Mexico City
In the essentially water-rich basin of Mexico City, water taps are now installed in most homes. Yet in many of the city's poorer neighborhoods in particular, water is supplied intermittently and taps often remain dry. How does such a socially constructed water scarcity affect water-related everyday practices in the home? And what is the relation between urban space and domestic practices of water use? In this study, Anke Schwarz employs a sociospatial approach which infuses Pierre Bourdieu's Theory of Practice with a relational understanding of space. She draws upon in-depth interviews with 53 residents of Mexico City's Federal District, taking subjective experience as a starting point, and adds a historical angle through the instrument of habitat biographies.
With respect to the pressing issue of urban water supply, Schwarz offers a fresh perspective to urban geography by placing an emphasis on a sociospatial approach on the micro scale. She demonstrates how water use can be a demanding everyday task even in cities where virtually all dwellings do have water taps. Rooftop tanks and jugs of bottled water are only the most visible tokens of the differences made by such supply limitations.
Anke Schwarz studied Urban Planning in Hamburg and Vienna, and obtained a PhD in Urban Geography from University of Hamburg in 2016. Between 2006 and 2014, her extensive research on Mexico City was supported by scholarships from the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Schwarz specializes in the social production of space and territory, the spatialization of social inequalities, urban infrastructures, and everyday practices. weniger anzeigen expand_less
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- Artikel-Nr.: SW9783515116909
- Artikelnummer SW9783515116909
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- Verlag Franz Steiner Verlag
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- Veröffentlichung 01.01.2017
- ISBN 9783515116909
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