The Meaning of Water
By (author) Veronica Strang
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Meaning of Water by Veronica Strang
Book DescriptionWater is the most valuable resource and the most passionately contested. Drought has become an increasingly extreme problem in many parts of the world, and it is predicted that 60% of the major cities in Europe will run short of water in the next decade. In industrialized countries per capita water usage continues to rise intractably, despite strenuous efforts by environmentalists and resource managers to encourage conservation. Conflicts over water and environmental degradation from the overuse of resources are intensifying. Water is not merely a physical resource: in every cultural context it is densely encoded with social, spiritual, political and environmental meanings, and these have a powerful effect upon patterns of water use and upon the relationships between water users and suppliers. This book makes an in-depth analysis of the meanings of water and considers how they are experienced and formed at an individual and societal level. Focusing on the River Stour in Dorset, Strang draws upon a wide range of data: ethnographic research, cultural mapping, local archives and folklore. She explores the controversies surrounding water ownership and management, and the social and political questions raised by water privatization in the UK. The topical nature of these issues and their global relevance make this book a vital contribution to contemporary research on water and an essential read for anyone with an interest in getting under the surface of one of the worlds most important social and environmental issues.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859737538
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Veronica Strang
Water, Paperback (April 2015)
Water presents the rich history of human interaction with water, from earliest agriculture to contemporary issues of water resources, global conflict, and disease, health and hygiene. It looks at the physical properties of water, as well as the differences and continuities in humankind's relationship with water over the course of history.
Ownership and Appropriation, Paperback (February 2012)
Through detailed case studies covering a wide range of related issues, Ownership and Appropriation provides a new approach to this key anthropological topic.
What Anthropologists Do, Paperback (May 2009)
Presents an introduction to the ways in which anthropology's research methods and thinking contribute to a wide range of fields: environmental issues, aid and development, advocacy, human rights, social policy, the creative arts, museums, health, education, crime, communications technology, design, marketing, and business.
Uncommon Ground, Hardback (August 1997)» View all books by Veronica Strang
Through a comparison of two very different groups, the Aboriginal people and the white cattle farmers in Far North Queensland, this text explores how the human-environmental relationship is culturally constructed.
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Author Biography - Veronica Strang
Veronica Strang is Professor of Social Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland.
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