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Generating Power: debates on development around the Nepalese Arun-3 hydropower project


Rest, Matthäus (2012). Generating Power: debates on development around the Nepalese Arun-3 hydropower project. Contemporary South Asia, 20(1):105-117.

Abstract

Contested since 1990, the Arun-3 dam in Nepal has so far generated more heat than hydropower involving a host of complex negotiations between its advocates and critics on the local, national and transnational levels. Cancelled after a complaint before the World Bank Inspection Panel in 1995, work is soon to be resumed. An Indian public sector company interested in exporting the electricity to India will finance it. This paper focuses on how local communities have experienced the decade-long uncertainties concerning the project and the approach road to be built. Their hopes of access to markets, electrification and a modern lifestyle will be explored in the context of an understanding of development as a desiring machine and governmentality studies. I will argue for a parallel application of the two approaches to conceptualize the entanglement of desires for development and a deep sense of local powerlessness vis-a-vis external actors.

Keywords: Nepal; hydropower; development; governmentality; desire

Contested since 1990, the Arun-3 dam in Nepal has so far generated more heat than hydropower involving a host of complex negotiations between its advocates and critics on the local, national and transnational levels. Cancelled after a complaint before the World Bank Inspection Panel in 1995, work is soon to be resumed. An Indian public sector company interested in exporting the electricity to India will finance it. This paper focuses on how local communities have experienced the decade-long uncertainties concerning the project and the approach road to be built. Their hopes of access to markets, electrification and a modern lifestyle will be explored in the context of an understanding of development as a desiring machine and governmentality studies. I will argue for a parallel application of the two approaches to conceptualize the entanglement of desires for development and a deep sense of local powerlessness vis-a-vis external actors.

Keywords: Nepal; hydropower; development; governmentality; desire

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:08 University Research Priority Programs > Asia and Europe
06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:790 Sports, games & entertainment
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
950 History of Asia
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:04 Mar 2013 16:28
Last Modified:19 May 2016 07:00
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0958-4935
Additional Information:This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Rest, M (2012). Generating Power: debates on development around the Nepalese Arun-3 hydropower project. Contemporary South Asia, 20(1):105-117, as published in the Contemporary South Asia, 2012 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09584935.2011.646071
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/09584935.2011.646071
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-75169

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