Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Latin American and Border Studies


Josiah M. Heyman


This study examines the construction and reproduction of rhetoric concerning water futures amongst the agricultural community of the Middle Rio Grande River Basin. It discusses the reification of potential alternative futures as envisioned through interviews with regional agricultural producers. These interviews center on facilitating the connection between their current decisions and practices as they align with their vision of the future. Also, the interviews will serve to provide the descriptive material needed to construct foresight narratives. Analysis of the foresight narratives collected will be dependent on how farmers perceive uncertain water futures as it affects the building elements of the foresight narratives. These building elements are self, society(others), and the environment. Farmers will feel interests and concerns over these building elements at different intensities which will indicate how their values are reflected in anticipation of the future. Additionally, the fourteen foresight narratives will be joined to see how the agrarian ideology influences the cohort's interpretation of future water uncertainty. As a group, do they deny or address the issue of a foreseeable water problem. The primary goal of this work is to capture a shared or fragmented vision of uncertain water futures as perceived by the agricultural community of the MRGRB.




Received from ProQuest

File Size

180 p.

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Rights Holder

Rebeka Isaac