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Liquid PowerContested Hydro-Modernities in Twentieth-Century Spain$
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Erik Swyngedouw

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029032

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029032.001.0001

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Paco El Rana’s Wet Dream for Spain

Paco El Rana’s Wet Dream for Spain

(p.99) 5 Paco El Rana’s Wet Dream for Spain
Liquid Power

Erik Swyngedouw

The MIT Press

Chapter five documents the post-Civil War developments. It focuses on how General Franco’s ideological-political mission was predicated upon cultural and material national territorial integration, the eradication of regionalist aspirations and a concerted discursive and physical process of cultural and material national(ist) homogenization and modernization. Attention is paid to the political enrolling of diverse interests and social actors (peasants, capital, engineers, scientists) in a hegemonic assemblage that supported the hydraulic transformation of the country. In addition, the mobilization of water in a particular socio-political discourse, and integrated within a supporting cultural vision, is documented. Finally, the chapter shows how Spain’s geo-political isolation and limited economic-financial capacity prevented the full implementation of the program during the first decade and a half of fascist rule.

Keywords:   Fascism, Franco, Spain, Environmental Politics, Hydraulic transformation, Environmental history, Environmental Sociology

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