Reframing water governance praxis

does reflection on metaphors have a role?

Ray Ison, Catherine Allan, Kevin Collins

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Abstract

Action for adaptation is needed in the face of anthropogenic climate change. The record of adaptation in the field of freshwater governance is poor to date, as it is apparently constrained by operational frameworks. Analyses based on the Contemporary Theory of Metaphor can reveal underlying, often institutionally reified, operational frameworks. We present a desktop metaphor mapping study of one UK and one Australian water management planning document. This mapping demonstrates the potential of metaphor analysis, with further methodological and praxis development, to support the new ways of thinking and acting that are needed to challenge deeply held social and cultural norms of linear, rather than systemic, causality. We suggest that metaphor has the potential to help practitioners expose and examine reified operational frameworks and practices, and to change those that hinder adaptive and systemic praxis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1697-1713
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironment and Planning C: Government and Policy
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

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Reframing water governance praxis : does reflection on metaphors have a role? / Ison, Ray; Allan, Catherine; Collins, Kevin.

In: Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Vol. 33, No. 6, 12.2015, p. 1697-1713.

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