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Water and Rural Communities

Local Politics, Meaning and Place, 1st Edition

By Lia Bryant, with Jodie George


150 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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The overall theme of this book concerns the multiplicity and complexities of discursive constructions of water in Western economies in relation to irrigation communities. The authors argue that the politics of place is given meaning in relation to local knowledges and within multiple and multiscalar institutional frameworks involved with the social, physical, economic and political practices associated with water. They are particularly concerned with water at the local level, including how it is exchanged, managed and given meaning.

Using case studies from Australia and the United States of America, it is shown how water use and community relations, particularly during times of drought, are central to developing understandings about how communities challenge, adapt and respond to policy developments. The book also brings to light how unequal distribution of resources and risk conspicuously come to the surface during times of drought illustrating that water is a political subject occupying a unique position, moving between the natural and social worlds.

Table of Contents

1. The Poetics and Politics of Water and Communities

2. Contextualising Water Policy in Irrigation Communities

3. Memory, Place-making and Water

4. Material Sites/Sights and Spatialities of Exclusion

5. Riskscapes

6. Community Futures

7. Realms of Knowing

About the Authors

Lia Bryant is an Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Social Change in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South Australia.

Jodie George is a Researcher and Lecturer in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, University of South Australia.

About the Series

Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management

Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management
This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to water resource management, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Rural