Socio-Material Bricolage: (Co)Shaping of Irrigation Institutions and Infrastructures

Adnan Mirhanoğlu*, Gül Özerol, Jaime Hoogesteger, Pieter VAN DEN BROECK, Maarten Loopmans

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Drip irrigation is often considered a technological solution to increase water use efficiency and crop productivity. However, all too often, its social and institutional entanglements are ignored. This paper treats drip irrigation as a socio-material assemblage and discusses the social and institutional changes triggered by the introduction of drip irrigation infrastructure in Ağlasun, a rural town located in the southwest of Turkey. Through an ethnographic study, we investigate how the switch from surface irrigation to drip irrigation entails an interaction of institutional re-arrangements, material infrastructures and strategizing actors to reshuffle the operation and maintenance of irrigation infrastructures, water distribution rules and water pricing. Expanding the concept of institutional bricolage to socio-material bricolage, we offer a nuanced understanding of how material infrastructures and institutions are mutually shaped by individual and collective agency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-86
Number of pages18
JournalInternational journal of the commons
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2023


  • drip irrigation
  • infrastructure
  • irrigation governance
  • socio-material bricolage
  • Turkey


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