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This chapter examines the ways in which the aquatic space is reflected in a new political context. In particular it shows how this space has been mobilized in the formation of community councils along river basins. The river remains a key resource, both materially and symbolically, as it forms the central part of political mobilization. This chapter also shows how ethnic-territorial politics in the region has been mediated by capital and the state, highlighting the complex entanglements among state discourse, capital’s profit-seeking drive, and local organizing processes. Crucially it is argued that the community councils, far from being mere administrative bodies, are complex spaces of negotiation among these various actors.

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