“Water Pays for Water”: Sonora, An Affluent of National Privatization

Fernanda Ibarra, Ramón I. Centeno

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A status quo has been structured in Mexico that prioritizes the commercial value of water over its socio-environmental value. Sonora is a typical case of the transfer of a common good to the private sphere. The communities historically linked to the two major affluents in the region, the Río Yaqui and the Río Sonora, have experienced this trend firsthand. There, as in the rest of Mexico, a water market has emerged that has led to de facto privatization benefiting the bourgeoisie. En México se ha estructurado un status quo que prioriza el valor comercial del agua sobre su socioambiental. Sonora es un caso típico de transferencia de un bien común a la esfera privada. Las comunidades históricamente vinculadas a los dos principales afluentes de la región, el Río Yaqui y el Río Sonora, han experimentado esta tendencia de primera mano. Allí, como en otras partes de México, ha surgido un mercado del agua que ha llevado a una privatización de facto que beneficia a la burguesía.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-47
Number of pages14
JournalLatin American Perspectives
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2023

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  • Dispossession
  • Mexico
  • Privatization
  • Sonora
  • Water


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