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Concrete RevolutionLarge Dams, Cold War Geopolitics, and the US Bureau of Reclamation$
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Christopher Sneddon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226284316

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226284453.001.0001

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Large Dams and Other Things

(p.147) Seven Conclusion
Concrete Revolution

Christopher Sneddon

University of Chicago Press

The concluding chapter summarizes the previous chapters’ main arguments and examines the possibility of developing a more deliberative and participatory approach to large dams as a development tool, while cognizant of the multiple ways in which powerful geopolitical forces continue to encourage misguided efforts at water governance. Recent debates over large dams, as crystallized in the 2000 report of the World Commission on Dams (WCD) and its critics, have largely ignored the history presented here, and have thus failed to adequately theorize how geopolitical forces often drive technological decisions while remaining largely opaque. Reimagining the ostensible goals of altering rivers requires above all an engagement and rethinking of the technopolitical networks that produce technological interventions and maintain their relevance over time.

Keywords:   dam removal, development, geopolitics, technopolitics, water, Water for Peace conference, World Commission on Dams

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