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Del metabolismo social al metabolismo hídrico

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  • María Jesús Beltrán

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    (Universidad Pablo de Olavide)

  • Esther Velázquez

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    (Universidad Pablo de Olavide)

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    Para estudiar las interdependencias biofísicas del sistema económico, Fischer-Kowalski (1997), propuso el concepto de metabolismo social, como analogía al metabolismo biológico, buscando la descripción y cuantificación de los flujos de materia y energía que se intercambian entre los sistemas económico, social, territorial, medioambiental, etc. Desde que se popularizara esta analogía tan útil para analizar las interdependencias citadas, la proliferación de trabajos, abordando el estudio del metabolismo desde diversas perspectivas, ha sido notable. Sin embargo, esta proliferación ha dado lugar a una confusión entre lo que es y no es metabolismo. En nuestra investigación, el objetivo principal es definir el metabolismo hídrico del sistema económico en base y como analogía al metabolismo social. No obstante, y detectado un interesante debate entre las diferentes visiones del concepto de metabolismo, creemos necesario analizar, ordenar y estructurar, como objetivo intermedio, estos diversos enfoques que hay del metabolismo social para así, determinar el concepto de metabolismo con el que trabajaremos y, a partir de él, definiremos nuestro objetivo principal. En este trabajo pues, presentamos el resultado del análisis del debate en torno al concepto de metabolismo y una primera aproximación al concepto propuesto de metabolismo hídrico. Partiendo del concepto de metabolismo social que presentan González de Molina y Toledo (2009), nuestra propuesta consiste en plantear el metabolismo hídrico como un marco de análisis, que engloba la imprescindible contextualización de las estimaciones hídricas.

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    Paper provided by Asociación de Economía Ecológica en España in its series Documentos de Trabajo de la Asociación de Economía Ecológica en España with number 01_2011.

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    Date of creation: Apr 2011
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