José Anazagasty-Rodríguez is a Professor in the Sociology program of the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. He is currently the Acting Interim Associate Director of that Department. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. He holds a master’s degree in Sociology and a doctorate in American Studies, both from Washington State University. He is a specialist in environmental sociology, American Studies and social theory. He has conducted research and published on the U.S. imperialist rhetoric on Puerto Rico and the capitalist production of nature in Puerto Rico. He is co-editor, with Mario R. Cancel, of the books We the People: La representación americana de los puertorriqueños 1898–1926 (2008) and Porto Rico: Hecho en Estados Unidos (2011).
Colonial Waterscapes: The Water Issue in Puerto Rico
To fully grasp the current state, and the issue of water in general, we need to ponder the history of the waterscape in Puerto Rico and the changing social circumstances that have influenced its making, without losing sight of the role that both capitalism and colonialism have played in this process.
Hidropaisajes coloniales: El problema del agua en Puerto RicoBy José Anazagasty-Rodríguez
El estado del hidropaisaje puertorriqueño dista mucho de ser prometedor. No sólo está contaminado y es manejado de manera ineficiente, sino que la inacción del gobierno ante las sequías y los efectos del cambio climático implican que Puerto Rico es cada vez más vulnerable a la escasez de agua y su racionamiento.