Journal article

Of maps and eating bitterness: The politics of scaling in China's South-North Water Transfer Project

Britt Crow-Miller, Michael Webber

POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

Based on extensive fieldwork as well as a discourse and content analysis of relevant government documents, we identify two important rescalings around China's South-North Water Transfer Project (SNWTP), the world's largest water project to date. These rescalings work in tandem with a discourse around the long-held Chinese ethic of “eating bitterness” (enduring hardship or chiku) and serve to include and exclude stakeholders and manufacture public acceptance of the project in the face of significant social, economic, and ecological trade-offs. We focus on two rescalings—one a more orthodox upscaling to the central government and one that relies on a fragmented, geographically disembodied, sub..

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