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Wagneingen University (2009)

Towards reflexive land and water management in Iran : linking technology, governance and culture

Balali Mohammad Reza

Titre : Towards reflexive land and water management in Iran : linking technology, governance and culture

Auteur : Mohammad Reza Balali

Université de soutenance : Wagneingen University

Grade : PhD 2009

Résumé
This PhD thesis is concerned with the causes and consequences of the environmental crisis and explores possible trajectories towards sustainable land and water management in Iran and other countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The basic assumption underlying the conceptual framework of this thesis is that soil and water technologies, social institutions and environmental mentalities are strongly interconnected ; they co-evolve, shaping and reshaping one another in the process. The main research question concerns the changes within this network of technologies, institutions and mentalities that are required for a successful transition from industrial modernity to what sociologists like Ulrich Beck, Anthony Giddens and Scott Lash have called ‘reflexive’ modernity. In order to examine the possibilities and problems of a reflexive turn in land and water management in Iran and other MENA-countries, large-scale empirical studies were conducted among farmers and village informants, soil and water experts, and policymakers

Mots clés : land management / water management / resource management / technology / culture / iran / governance

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