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Making water public

Potter, Emily 2009, Making water public, in Culture, politics, ethics: interdisciplinary reflections, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxfordshire, England, pp.159-169.

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Title Making water public
Author(s) Potter, Emily
Title of book Culture, politics, ethics: interdisciplinary reflections
Editor(s) Boyd, Scott H.
Gil, Ana Cristina
Wong, Baldwin
Publication date 2009
Chapter number 14
Total chapters 19
Start page 159
End page 169
Total pages 11
Publisher Inter-Disciplinary Press
Place of Publication Oxfordshire, England
Keyword(s) culture
enchanment
ethico-politics
instrumentalisrn
more than-human thinking
publics
water
Summary The recent 11 years of conservative government rule in Australia was marked by what some commentators refer to as a 'hardening of hearts' and a notable decline in the public realm. At the same time, climate change and drought made an increasing impact on Australian environments and society. This paper responds to the overwhelming tendency, which it aligns with a retreat from the concept of public-ness, to instrumentalise efforts to remediate environmental decline. Focusing in particular on water - or the lack of it - in Australia today, the paper draws on innovations in cultural theory and research practice to retum the question of public-ness to centre stage. This involves a reorientation of what it might mean to 'make water public'  that is not reliant on the sole agency of humans.
ISBN 1904710905
Edition e-book
Language eng
Field of Research 200204 Cultural Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Inter-Disciplinary Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021680

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