Matthew V. Bender is an associate professor of history at the College of New Jersey. He is a specialist in modern African history, environmental history, and water history.
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Water Brings No Harm explores the history of community water management on Mount Kilimanjaro. Using the concept of waterscapes—describing how people “see” water and how physical resources intersect with beliefs, needs, and expectations—Bender argues that water conflicts should be understood as struggles between competing forms of knowledge.