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Reframing water governance praxis: does reflection on metaphors have a role?

Ison, Raymond; Allan, Catherine and Collins, Kevin (2015). Reframing water governance praxis: does reflection on metaphors have a role? Environment & Planning C: Government & Policy, 33 pp. 1697–1713.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Pion and its Licensors
ISSN: 1472-3425
Keywords: metaphor; Contemporary Theory of Metaphor; water governance; operational frameworks; climate change adaptation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 41179
Depositing User: Raymond Ison
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2014 14:30
Last Modified: 18 May 2020 16:09
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