Innovative Ethnographies, Water in a Dry Land: Place-learning through art and story

Innovative Ethnographies, Water in a Dry Land: Place-learning through art and story

written by Margaret Somerville, 1942-, in Innovative Ethnographies (Abingdon, England: Routledge (Publisher), 2013, originally published 2013), 223 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
Water in a Dry Land is a story of research about water as a source of personal and cultural meaning. The site of this exploration is the iconic river system which forms the networks of natural and human landscapes of the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. In the current geological era of human induced climate change, the desperate plight of the system of waterways has become an international phenomenon, a symbol of the unsustainable ways we relate to water globally. The Murray-Darling Basin extends west of the Great Dividing Range that separates the densely populated east coast of Australia from the sparsely populated inland. Aboriginal peoples continue to inhabit the waterways of the great artesian basin and pass on their cultural stories and practices of water, albeit in changing forms. A key question informing the book is: What can we learn about water from the oldest continuing culture inhabiting the world's driest continent? In the process of responding to this question a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers formed to work together in a contact zone of cultural difference within an emergent arts-based ethnography. Photo essays of the artworks and their landscapes offer a visual accompaniment to the text on the Routledge Innovative Ethnography This book is perfect for courses in environmental sociology, environmental anthropology, and qualitative methods.
Field of Interest
Global Issues
Margaret Somerville, 1942-
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Copyright © 2013 Taylor & Francis
Content Type
General reference book
Warning: Contains explicit content
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Routledge (Publisher)
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Abingdon, England
Global Issues, Social Sciences, Environment and Ecological Issues, Environment and Social Issues, Sustainability, Water in the American West, Cultural anthropology, Water supply, Ecology, Anthropology, Australia, Australian Aborigines, 20th Century in World History (1914--2000), 21st Century in World History (2001– )
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Innovative Ethnographies

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