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Mehta, Lyla

Works: 37 works in 134 publications in 2 languages and 2,344 library holdings
Genres: Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor
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The limits to scarcity : contesting the politics of allocation by Lyla Mehta( Book )
14 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 363 libraries worldwide
From the publisher. Scarcity is considered a ubiquitous feature of the human condition. It underpins much of modern economics and is widely used as an explanation for social organization, social conflict and the resource crunch confronting humanity's survival on the planet. It is made out to be an all-pervasive fact of our lives -- be it of housing, food, water or oil. But has the conception of scarcity been politicized, naturalized, and universalized in academic and policy debates? Has overhasty recourse to scarcity evoked a standard set of market, institutional and technological solutions which have blocked out political contestations, overlooking access as a legitimate focus for academic debates as well as policies and interventions? Theoretical and empirical chapters by leading academics and scholar-activists grapple with these issues by questioning scarcity's taken-for-granted nature. They examine scarcity debates across three of the most important resources -- food, water and energy -- and their implications for theory, institutional arrangements, policy responses and innovation systems. The book looks at how scarcity has emerged as a totalizing discourse in both the North and South. The scare of scarcity has led to scarcity emerging as a political strategy for powerful groups. Aggregate numbers and physical quantities are trusted, while local knowledges and experiences of scarcity that identify problems more accurately and specifically are ignored. Science and technology are expected to provide solutions, but such expectations embody a multitude of unexamined assumptions about the nature of the 'problem', about the technologies and about the institutional arrangements put forward as a fix. Through this examination the authors demonstrate that scarcity is not a natural condition: the problem lies in how we see scarcity and the ways in which it is socially generated
Forced displacement : why rights matter by Katarzyna Grabska( Book )
12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 181 libraries worldwide
"Critically examining the disjunctures in global and local policy frameworks and categories that determine the lives and status of displaced people, and providing in-depth case studies from Africa, the Middle East and Asia, this collection evaluates rights-based approaches that seek to award agency to displaced people and demonstrates how 'rights talk' can be 'rights practice' in forced migration research, policy and practice. Including contributions from leading scholars and activists in the field, the book analyses and attempts to bridge the divide between a range of displacement situations, including development 'oustees', refugees and internally displaced persons."--Jacket
Displaced by development : confronting marginalisation and gender injustice by Lyla Mehta( Book )
10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 170 libraries worldwide
Applies gender analysis to development induced displacement and resettlement in the Indian context. This book highlights the need to focus specifically on how processes of displacement and resettlement affect social groups differently with regard to axes such as gender, class, caste and tribe
Shit matters : the potential of community-led total sanitation by Lyla Mehta( Book )
5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 115 libraries worldwide
Sanitation remains one of the biggest development challenges of our time, and a long neglected issue associated with taboos and stigma
The politics and poetics of water : the naturalisation of scarcity in Western India by Lyla Mehta( Book )
5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 63 libraries worldwide
With special reference to Kachchh, India
Exploring understandings of institutions and uncertainty : new directions in natural resource management by Lyla Mehta( Book )
10 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 46 libraries worldwide
Water, difference and power : Kutch and the Sardar Sarovar (Narmada) Project by Lyla Mehta( Book )
9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 35 libraries worldwide
Kutch, a semi-arid district in the state of Gujarat in western India, is known for its water scarcity. This report examines the relationship between the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP), a controversial dam under construction in western India, and Kutch, which is supposed to benefit from the dam. It highlights that contrary to decades of promise, Kutch does not stand to benefit significantly from the project and shows how the state has "manufactured" the dominant view that there is no alternative to this project for Kutch. This has two consequences: one, locally appropriate alternatives are not adequately explored; two, crucial aspects concerning social difference are obscured. The case study gives a picture of the social, caste and power dynamics in a village supposed to benefit from the project and shows how these are intrinsically tied to the water question. The analysis of the arrangements governing land and water use indicates that access to and control over water resources was always differentiated and this differentiation is likely to increase with the advent of canal irrigation. Hence, notions of the "user" and "community" need to be de-homogenised to accommodate variations arising due to historical legacies, class, caste, gender and occupation. The study argues that both macro and micro-level water interventions are blind to questions concerning social difference. In doing so water schemes build on or reinforce already skewed social and power relations. It contends that unless social difference is taken seriously, even ecologically sustainable options such as watershed development may end up being "old wine in new bottles." In order for issues such as equity and social justice to be addressed in water interventions, the study argues for the need on the part of implementing agencies to be aggressively partisan in targeting the marginalised and socially excluded groups
Water for the twenty-first century : challenges and misconceptions by Lyla Mehta( Book )
9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 25 libraries worldwide
This paper critically reviews some of the global debates and narratives concerning water scarcity, water 'crises' and water resources management and shows what they are obscuring. It also examines the various positions on water ranging from those viewing water as an economic good to those viewing water as a human right. The paper demonstrates how global debates and perspectives tend to draw on rather vague political, economic and theoretical assumptions rather than empirically-grounded facts and realities. The paper argues for the need for a greater pluralism in the debates and for more attention to be paid to the multifaceted dimensions of water and its various expressions. There is a need for critical research to map out the mismatch between rhetoric and reality across macro, meso and micro realms, and explicit links to be made between water and power and politics
Financing water for all : behind the border policy convergence in water management by Lyla Mehta( Book )
7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 24 libraries worldwide
This paper tracks shifts in paradigms and practices around water financing historically to demonstrate how behind the border policy convergences have gradually emerged around key issues such as the diminishing role of the state in the provision of water services, shifts in public and private spending on water and an enhanced role for the private sector. It draws on examples from around the world to examine how policy and institutional changes have been systematically created through the influence of multilateral and bilateral donor initiatives and discusses their implications for poor people's access to water. It argues that there is often a gap between idealised notions of regulation and market 'efficiency' and the existing legal, administrative, socio-economic and political realities in the 'Third World' which can lead to the poor bearing the costs of changes in water financing. A review of specific initiatives around water financing (e.g. the Camdessus Panel) reveals that recent calls for additional financing in the water sector in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals vary considerably from agency to agency and are deeply political in nature. Moreover, global debates around water financing have been top-down in nature and lack participation from southern governments, civil society and poor people. The paper concludes by making a case for invigorating systems for public financing in order to provide water and sanitation for all
Somewhere over the rainbow? : the politics and dilemmas of researching citizenship and marginality by Lyla Mehta( Book )
8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 24 libraries worldwide
Research on development is normative, engaged and seeks to make a difference since it focuses on the excluded, on power relations and aims at the empowerment of the voiceless and increasingly on the pedagogy of the powerful. This makes it even more loaded and contested than other kinds of research. However, how aware and reflexive are researchers of their own biases and positionalities? Do final research accounts pay attention to questions concerning power and politics in the course of the research process? What are the dilemmas and contradictions encountered by researchers in both the North and South when they work with marginalised and powerless groups? This paper focuses on these issues by drawing on the experiences and testimonies of researchers involved in the Development Research Centre (DRC) on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability based at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. By focusing on the methodologies and methods that DRC researchers drew on while researching questions of citizenship and marginality in India, Nigeria, Mexico and Brazil, the paper discusses the increasing distance between researchers and the research participants and the politics of researching citizenship and marginality. It also provides theoretical and personal insights on issues related to methods, ethics, positionality, reflexivity and power. The paper intersperses personal statements and reflections (presented in italics) with theoretical reflections to highlight the messiness and confusion embedded in the research process which rarely come to the fore in conventional research papers and reports. It demonstrates that development research that seeks to make a difference must rethink questions concerning policy influence, change at local and global levels and the politics of research given the interconnectedness between the problems in the South with policies and politics in the North. It urges us as researchers to ask critical questions, decide more forcefully how to engage with the powerful and take the sides of the weak while maintaining a pragmatism of hope
Flows and practices : the politics of integrated water resouces management in eastern and southern Africa by Lyla Mehta( Book )
5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
For the past two decades, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been the dominant paradigm in water resources. This book explores how ideas of IWRM are being translated and adapted in Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Grounded in social science theory and research, it highlights the importance of politics, history and culture in shaping water management practices and reform, and demonstrates how Africa has clearly been a laboratory for IWRM. While a new cadre of professionals made IWRM their mission, we show that poor women and men may not have always benefitted. In some cases IWRM has also offered a distraction from more critical issues such as water and land grabs, privatization, the negative impacts of water permits, and a range of institutional ambiguities that prevent water allocations to small and poor water users. By critically examining the interpretations and challenges of IWRM, the book contributes to improving water policies and practices and making them more locally appropriate in Africa and beyond
Citizenship and displacement by Lyla Mehta( Book )
4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 17 libraries worldwide
Environmental governance in an uncertain world ( Book )
3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
Water : liquid dynamics : challenges for sustainability in water and sanitation by Lyla Mehta( Book )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Contexts of scarcity : the political ecology of water in Kutch, India by Lyla Mehta( Book )
4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Unpacking rights and wrongs: do human rights make a difference? : the case of water rights in India and South Africa by Lyla Mehta( Book )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
Social impacts on large dams : equity and distributional issues by W. M Adams( Book )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
The dynamics and sustainability of community-led total sanitation : mapping challenges and pathways by Synne Movik( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Citizenship and the Right to Water : Lessons from South Africa's Free Basic Water Policy by Lyla Mehta( Article )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Stoffwechsel in einem indischen Dorf : Fallstudie Merkar by Lyla Mehta( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in German and held by 2 libraries worldwide
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