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Bearing the risk : learning to be drier mid-river

Golding, Barry and Angwin, Jennifer 2009, Bearing the risk : learning to be drier mid-river, Australian journal of adult learning, vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 472-496.

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Title Bearing the risk : learning to be drier mid-river
Author(s) Golding, Barry
Angwin, Jennifer
Journal name Australian journal of adult learning
Volume number 49
Issue number 3
Start page 472
End page 496
Publisher Adult Learning Australia
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Publication date 2009-11
ISSN 1443-1394
Summary This paper investigates learning related to the phenomena of drying over the past decade in the southern Murray-Darling Basin in Australia, as perceived in a mid-river site within the western Riverina of New South Wales, Australia. The insights from audio-recorded interviews, with a wide range of adults across the water-dependent community, mostly relate to the catchment of the  Murrumbidgee River in the Shire of Hay. Our overarching theme is about how  people are learning about, understanding and bearing the risks, of what is widely regarded as a prolonged drought. For some, the learning is about how to cope with less water in the Basin, and particularly from the river, as predicted in the climate change literature. Our narrative-based, empirical research registers the felt experience of those located, in situ, as a severe ‘irrigation drought’ extends into 2009. The paper dramatises the many obstacles to learning how to think and act differently, in difficult and rapidly changing ecosocial circumstances.
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Language eng
Field of Research 130101 Continuing and Community Education
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Adult Learning Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30024863

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