Successful PhD defence by Michela Marcatelli
'Legitimizing Inequality - A Political Ecology of Water in the Waterberg, South Africa'
On Friday, 3 March, Michela Marcatelli successfully defended her PhD thesis on 'Legitimizing Inequality - A Political Ecology of Water in the Waterberg, South Africa' in which she discusses inequality in water access in former ‘white’ rural South Africa.
The thesis advances two major arguments:
- First, water inequality has largely been normalized and naturalized in the post-apartheid order.
- Second, instead of being only a legacy of colonialism and apartheid, water inequality is being continuously reproduced as a result of contemporary processes of neoliberal accumulation, both private and public.