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New book on Large Dams in Asia

Mar 19, 2014

A new volume edited by Prof. Dr. Marcus Nüsser titled "Large Dams in Asia: Contested Environments between Technological Hydroscapes and Social Resistance" is now available. This book analyses the various dimensions of the large dams controversy in Asia from a critical perspective and discusses the complex relationships between physical landscapes, natural resources, and their modification by human land use.

This book explores the multi-dimensional asymmetries of scale, time, and directions in the large dam controversy with a regional focus on Asia, especially on India and China. Whereas the concept of large-scale transformation of fluvial environments into technological hydroscapes originated in the West, widespread construction of large dams started in the countries of the Global South in the period after decolonisation. Construction and operation of large dams are amongst the most prestigious but also most sensitive development issues, often accompanied by massive resistance of adversely affected people and civil society organisations. Based on the notion of a contested politicised environment, various case studies are analysed to identify the dominant narratives and imaginations that shape the large dams debate. This volume is notable for bringing together contributions by members of the Cluster presenting their research carried out under projects C2 and C8 dealing with large dams, along with several expert contributions by external researchers.

The book "Large Dams in Asia" -175 pages- was published by Springer in early 2014. A free preview is available online. A hardcopy can be found in the Cluster's library and other University libraries.

Prof. Dr. Marcus Nüsser is head of the Department of Geography at the South Asia Institute and a Principal Investigator of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" at Heidelberg University. At the Cluster, he has coordinated several research projects including MC9 "Waterscapes in Transcultural Perspective". In his research, Prof. Nüsser focuses on issues of human-environment interaction, landscape transformation and regional development processes in the high mountains of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.


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