Tracing the history of social analyses of drinking water contamination, this globally informed interdisciplinary research uses primary and secondary data to qualitatively examine perceptions of Sydney and Melbourne's drinking water quality from authorities and consumers. Data from 51 face-to-face interviews conducted in Melbourne and Sydney (December 2007-February 2008) is presented in light of publicised water contamination issues and publicly available microbial water analyses. Among those interviewed, 11% of the Melbourne and 21% of the Sydney sample assert no concerns about their drinking water. Contextualised within existing news media coverage of drinking water contamination from the onset of the 1998 Sydney Water Crisis through February, 2008, socio-cultural analysis highlights differences in water quality perceptions exist among interviewees, despite a lack of significant microbial contamination.
|Title of host publication||TASA 2008 conference|
|Subtitle of host publication||Re-imagining Sociology|
|Editors||T. Majoribanks, J. Barraket, J-S Chang, A. Dawson, M Henry- Henry-Waring, A. Kenyon, R. Kokanovic, J. Lewis, D. Lusher, D. Nolan, P. Pyett, R. Robins, D. Warr, J. Wyn|
|Place of Publication||Melbourne|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
|Event||Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference - Melbourne, VIC, Australia|
Duration: 02 Dec 2008 → 05 Dec 2008
|Conference||Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference|
|Period||02/12/08 → 05/12/08|
Crampton, A., & Ragusa, A. (2008). A Tale of Two Cities: Who has the cleanest drinking water, Melbourne or Sydney? In T. Majoribanks, J. Barraket, J-S. Chang, A. Dawson, M. H. Henry-Waring, A. Kenyon, R. Kokanovic, J. Lewis, D. Lusher, D. Nolan, P. Pyett, R. Robins, D. Warr, & J. Wyn (Eds.), TASA 2008 conference: Re-imagining Sociology (pp. 1-20). TASA.