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What Makes a Megaproject?

A Review of Global Hydropower Assemblages

Grant M. Gutierrez, Sarah Kelly, Joshua J. Cousins, and Christopher Sneddon

Introduction: Mega-Transformations of Hydropower Few would question that early hydropower development represents a quintessential type of megaproject. Traditionally, a megaproject signified a massive, singular unit requiring extensive material

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Standardizing responsibility through the stakeholder figure

Norwegian hydropower in Turkey

Ståle Knudsen, Ingrid Birce Müftüoğlu, and Isabelle Hugøy

2006 ( Nilsen and Thue 2006: 397 ). Building on a strong tradition in hydropower in Norway, Statkraft is now considered Europe's largest renewable energy corporation and has operations in Asia and South America as well. The international expansion of

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‘Eating with the People’

How a Chinese Hydropower Project Changed Food Experiences in a Lao Community *

Floramante S.J. Ponce

referred to the local state officials and hydropower company staff involved in the distribution of compensations within the resettlement. I nodded sympathetically at her rage; I waited for her to calm down.  After consuming the snacks, Nang said that they

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Whose death, whose eco-revival?

Filling in while emptying out the depopulated Balkan Mountains

Ivan Rajković

inasmuch as the local rivers continue to flow: the mountain's plenitude eclipses the voids imminent in hydropower. And for the visitors, the place is full of value as long as its ruined houses and pristine waterfalls can be turned into distinctive Instagram

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Afterlives of depopulated places

Development through extractivism and rural tourism

Dragan Đunda

, death does not arrive either) is what welcomes visitors, painted in large red letters during the ecological protests against the small hydropower plant (SHPP) that has been constructed in this village. The graffiti immediately conveys the social

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Ecological engineering on the Sichuan frontier

Socialism as development policy, local practice, and contested ideology1

John Flower

China's Western Development Policy redefines the Sichuan frontier as backward economic hinterland, and as ecological buffer zone for the coast. State planners see the ‘farmland to forest’ plan and hydropower development as achieving socialist modernisation through ecological engineering. Local people like the reforestation plan that maintains subsistence on the land, but they protest land expropriation that accompanies dam construction. In negotiating the terms of this new national integration, protesters draw on both historical memory and a new discourse of human rights and the rule of law to assert ‘popular socialism’ against state brokerage of the commons under market socialism.

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Central American integration through infrastructure development

A case study of Costa Rican hydropower

Denielle M. Perry and Kate A. Berry

and the regional leader in energy production. Costa Rica’s economic and social development success stands out as an anomaly in the Central American equation. Much of the country’s success is attributable to its “hydropower capital.” Water in rivers

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Meshworks and the Making of Climate Places in the European Alps

A Framework for Ethnographic Research on the Perceptions of Climate Change

Sophie Elixhauser, Stefan Böschen, and Katrin Vogel

villages and hamlets with a total sum of a little over two thousand inhabitants. People earn their livings from tourism, the crafts industry, and agriculture, as well as energy production through hydropower. A few years ago, as a result of increasing media

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Contemporary Megaprojects

An Introduction

Seth Schindler, Simin Fadaee, and Dan Brockington

attention to processes of becoming in these projects and the ways people experience them on the ground. Grant Gutierrez and colleagues argue hydropower projects should be understood not as singular infrastructure projects but instead as global assemblages

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On quasi-constitutional treaties

The case of transboundary freshwater compacts

Stephen Mumme

water resources for human use, support wetlands, wildlife habitats, fisheries, navigation, and the generation of hydropower. Excess flows may produce flooding, with associated hazards, requiring careful and joint management. International freshwater