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dc.contributor.authorRyan, John Sprotten
dc.identifier.citationAustralian Folklore, v.19, p. 283-284en
dc.description.abstractThis new volume is one which, it is clear, will appeal very strongly to folklorists since it is concerned with what may be termed the 'ethnography of water', and with its various cultural meanings. This seemingly impossibly vast topic is, however, focussed on a specific area, the valley of the River Stour in Dorset, England, but it then expands in its treatment to look more at the now hugely controversial issue in the main English-speaking and relatively temperate countries.Why the book is so timely is because of the subject's importance to social and environmental issues, notably that of the relationships - present and future - between the water users and water 'suppliers', the latter the organisations that manage the distribution, cost and quality of this precious commodity. For, as the author stresses at the outset, 'water is the most valuable resource and the most passionately contested'. For drought has become an increasingly extreme problem in many parts of the world and, indeed, it is predicted that sixty% of the major cities in Europe will run short of it in the next decade - for the use seems to expand inexorably due to the appeal of the fluid to age old feelings of the freshness and innocence that its use can confer.en
dc.publisherAustralian Folklore Associationen
dc.relation.ispartofAustralian Folkloreen
dc.titleReview of Veronica Strang, 'The Meaning of Water': Oxford and New York: Berg, 2004. Pp.ix,274. ISBN (cloth) 185973748X R.R. Price: $US 84.95. ISBN (paper) 1859737536. RRP $US 28-95en
dc.subject.keywordsLiterary Studiesen
local.contributor.firstnameJohn Sprotten
local.subject.for2008200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classifieden
local.subject.seo2008950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classifieden
local.profile.schoolSchool of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciencesen
local.record.institutionUniversity of New Englanden
local.publisher.placeUniversity of New England, Australiaen
local.title.subtitleOxford and New York: Berg, 2004. Pp.ix,274. ISBN (cloth) 185973748X R.R. Price: $US 84.95. ISBN (paper) 1859737536. RRP $US 28-95en
local.subject.for200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classifieden
local.title.maintitleReview of Veronica Strang, 'The Meaning of Water'en
local.output.categorydescriptionD3 Review of Single Worken
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