Fresh Water

New Perspectives on Water in Australia

Emily Potter (editor), Alison Mackinnon (editor), Stephen McKenzie (editor), Jennifer McKay (editor)
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Published

25 March 2015

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9780522854251

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Fresh Water

New Perspectives on Water in Australia

Emily Potter (editor), Alison Mackinnon (editor), Stephen McKenzie (editor), Jennifer McKay (editor)
Is water a resource or is it the source? Is it something to be consumed or does it have a life of its own?
Recent histories of environmental misunderstanding and exploitation shadow our current regime of water management and use. While governments grapple with how to respond to widespread drought, the situation worsens. There is something amiss in current approaches to water. This timely collection of essays addresses the critical and contentious issue of water in Australia today and suggests a need to radically rethink our relationship with this fundamental substance. Contributors from a range of fields, from anthropology to visual arts, discuss the various ways in which we are caught up with water, and challenge us to take up the cultural transformations that underpin a sustainable ecological future.
Is water a resource or is it the source? Is it something to be consumed or does it have a life of its own?
Recent histories of environmental misunderstanding and exploitation shadow our current regime of water management and use. While governments grapple with how to respond to widespread drought, the situation worsens. There is something amiss in current approaches to water. This timely collection of essays addresses the critical and contentious issue of water in Australia today and suggests a need to radically rethink our relationship with this fundamental substance. Contributors from a range of fields, from anthropology to visual arts, discuss the various ways in which we are caught up with water, and challenge us to take up the cultural transformations that underpin a sustainable ecological future.

Emily Potter

Dr Emily Potter is an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne.

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Alison Mackinnon

Alison Mackinnon is Professor Emerita of the University of South Australia and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. She was the Foundation Director of the Hawke Research Institute at the University of South Australia and has written widely on educational and women's history.

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Stephen McKenzie

Dr Stephen McKenzie is an independent scholar based in the Solomon Islands.

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Jennifer McKay

Professor Jennifer McKay specialises in water law and teaches in the School of Commerce, University of South Australia.

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