Is water a resource or is it the source? Is it something to be consumed or does it have a life of its own? Recent histories of environmental misunderstanding and exploitation shadow our current regime of water management and use. While governments grapple with how to respond to widespread drought, the situation worsens. There is something amiss in current approaches to water. This timely collection of essays addresses the critical and contentious issue of water in Australia today and suggests a need to radically rethink our relationship with this fundamental substance. Contributors from a range of fields, from anthropology to visual arts, discuss the various ways in which we are caught up with water, and challenge us to take up the cultural transformations that underpin a sustainable ecological future
Introduction / Emily Potter and Stephen McKenzie -- 1. Justice and longing / Deborah Bird Rose -- 2. River Murray wetlands: Past and future / Peter A Gell -- 3. Black and white water / Rod Giblett -- 4. The traditional owner experience along the Murray River / Jessica Weir -- 5. Tracking water through the National Archives of Australia / Jay Arthur -- 6. River memory: Narratives of generation, hope and amnesia / Alison Mackinnon -- 7. Water, rivers and ecologically sustainable development / Jennifer McKay -- 8. Reconciliation? Culture, nature and the Murray River / Robert Hattam, Daryle Rigney and Steve Hemming -- 9. Absence and presence / Mandy Martin -- 10. Young people's representations of the Murray-Darling Basin / Phil Cormack and Barbara Comber -- 11. A Western Australian perspective on managing wetlands / Geoffrey J Syme and Blair E Nancarrow -- 12. Water recycling in a South Australian community / Anna Hurlimann -- 13. Weirs and flows in the HawkesburyNepean / Helen Cheney, Natalina Nheu and Lorien Vecellio -- 14. Integrating social considerations in catchment management / Sharon Pepperdine -- 15. Justice, culture and economy for the Ngarrindjeri nation / Steve Hemming, Daryle Rigney and Meryl Pearce -- 16. A story is like a river: Weaving the Murray / Kay Lawrence and Nici Cumpston -- 17. Reimagining place: The possibilities of Paul Carter's Nearamnew / Emily Potter -- 18. Hurricane Katrina and the rhetoric of natural disasters / Stephen Muecke -- 19. Conclusion / Alison Mackinnon and Jennifer McKay
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