Humans and water: The problem(s) with affordability

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This chapter discusses social inequalities resulting from humans striving to govern, control, and manage water through technological, political, and economic forms of organising. Through examples from Ethiopia and India, the chapter elucidates how the emphasis on “affordability” within the human right to water discourse (as well as in Sustainable Development Goal 6) makes the discourse compatible with private, market-led solutions to accessing water. The transformation of the human right to water discourse into a water privatisation-compatible project through the concept of affordability is of great concern from the perspective of equal access to water for people across the world.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransformative Action for Sustainable Outcomes : Responsible Organising
EditorsMaria Sandberg, Janne Tienari
Number of pages7
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
Publication date2022
ISBN (Print)978-1-032-13534-2, 978-1-032-13536-6
ISBN (Electronic)78-1-003-22972-8
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameRoutledge advances in sociology


  • 512 Business and Management

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Responsible organising


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