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HydropoliticsThe Itaipu Dam, Sovereignty, and the Engineering of Modern South America$
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Christine Folch

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691186603

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691186603.001.0001

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Ecoterritorial Turns

Ecoterritorial Turns

(p.185) 6 Ecoterritorial Turns

Christine Folch

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores how water creates community. It explains how citizenship is constructed in relation to transboundary water, which is distinct from patterns of governance based on fixed territorial boundaries in relation to connections between legal priorities, climate change, and the durability of capitalism. In liberal democracies, communal hopes and fears get fought over in law. However, this chapter takes law as a site of values enforcement through the signed Joint Declaration and a proposed region-wide South American Energy Integration Treaty, which rescripted sovereignty and state power under new hydraulic pressures. The chapter also describes how rights get attached to water-as-energy and how rights are generated by water-as-energy. Because of the quality of movement, water's ecoterritorial attributes exceed the boundaries of the national state, implying a larger region as the basis of an ecocitizenship. It discusses how ethics are expressed through renewable energy as law is produced and circulated through Itaipú.

Keywords:   transboundary water, climate change, capitalism, Joint Declaration, South American Energy Integration Treaty, hydraulic pressure, energy, Itaipú

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