Household water sharing: A review of water gifts, exchanges, and transfers across cultures

Wutich, A. , Budds, J. , Jepson, W. , Harris, L. and Staddon, C. (2018) Household water sharing: A review of water gifts, exchanges, and transfers across cultures. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews - Water, 5 (6). e1309. ISSN 2049-1948 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/36750

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In this paper we integrate diverse literatures to explore water sharing as a household practice. We define households as fundamental domestic groups that pool and internally allocate food and water for common consumption (following Netting et al., 1984). We also recognize that households are nested units that contain individuals, are organized in communities, and operate in contexts of broader socio-economic processes and cultural norms. In the first section, we describe how inter-household water sharing can vary in different livelihood contexts. In the second section, we review the material conditions, socio-economic processes, and cultural norms that shape water sharing across contexts. Finally, in the third section, we highlight key gaps and identify new directions for research on inter-household water sharing. Our goal is to provide an overview and state of knowledge on water sharing, and explore the proposition that water sharing, while often instrumental and need-based, may also symbolically mark the performance of social relations and cultural identities.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: [Wutich, A., Budds, J., Jepson, W., Harris, L. and Staddon, C. (2018) Household water sharing: A review of water gifts, exchanges, and transfers across cultures. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews - Water, 5 (6). ISSN 2049-1948], which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1309. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Geography and Environmental Management
Depositing User: Professor C. Staddon
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2018 14:26
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2018 14:56
URI: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/id/eprint/36750

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