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Gender and environment: some preliminary questions about women and water in the South Australian context


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Stratford, E (1995) Gender and environment: some preliminary questions about women and water in the South Australian context. Gender, Place and Culture, 2 (2). pp. 211-217. ISSN 0966-369X

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This paper speculates on three issues about the relationship between women and water, focusing on the context of South Australia, a particularly dry part of the world. First, it is suggested that gender affects our connections to environmental resources, in this instance to water. Second, it is noted that currently unexamined archival material exists for the South Australian situation and that the analysis of this material may shed light on the relationship between gender and environmental resources. Third, it is possible to argue that the conflation of nature and the feminine through such things as tropic devices in language results in both being constituted largely as corporeal, as bodies requiring management. Such a possibility suggests that a body politics exists in environmental studies and related disciplines that requires further theoretical work.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: women; water; environmental resources; South Australia; history; body politics
Journal or Publication Title: Gender, Place and Culture
Page Range: pp. 211-217
ISSN: 0966-369X
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1080/09663699550022026
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Date Deposited: 07 May 2008 23:44
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:40
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