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The challenges of access to water and the right to water (legal pluralism, indigenous rights)

Abstract : The analysis of the Kayambi communities’ mythical stories of the northern Andes highlights the importance of the geographical environment and more particularly its aquatic component. Since colonial times, the complexity of the dynamics of land appropriation and access to water resources has had an impact on the redefinition of social relations. The Constitutions of 1998 and 2008 formally recognized Indians and their communities as political actors. In this context, anthropological analyses lead to legal questions raised by access to water and its management. For these communities, the legal approach, however important it may be, cannot account for the intertwining of rules and practices relating to the preservation and use of water resources with the other social norms that social groups are constantly renewing by keeping their community institutions such as Minga, Huasipungo alive and the mythical and ritual speech acts.
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Ana Gendron. The challenges of access to water and the right to water (legal pluralism, indigenous rights). 2019. ⟨halshs-02270272⟩



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