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From The Heavens To The Markets: Development, Nation, And The Mediation Of Water In Northwest China, Afton Eben Clarke-Sather Jan 2012

From The Heavens To The Markets: Development, Nation, And The Mediation Of Water In Northwest China, Afton Eben Clarke-Sather

Geography Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Over the past 20 years the relationship between peasants and water in the semi-arid Zuli Valley of Northwest China has been radically altered by a series of state-backed development projects. 20 years ago peasant grew primarily rain-fed subsistence crops and relied on centuries-old rainwater harvesting techniques for their domestic water supplies. Following a series of state-backed interventions, peasants today grow primarily cash crops and depend on state-backed projects for their domestic water supplies. These changes were brought about through development projects. In the Reform and Opening Period a series of spatial hierarchies has emerged--westernness, rurality, and poverty--that categorized certain regions ...