The Wonder of Water: Lived Experience, Policy, and Practice

Edited by Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

© 2019

Facing droughts, floods, and water security challenges, society is increasingly forced to develop new policies and practices to cope with the impacts of climate change. From taken-for-granted values and perceptions to embodied, existential modes of engaging our world, human perspectives impact decision-making and behaviour.

The Wonder of Water explores how human experience – including our cultural paradigms, value systems, and personal biases – impacts decisions around water. In many ways, the volume expands on the growing field of water ethics to include questions around environmental aesthetics, psychology, and ontology. And yet this book is not simply for philosophers. On the contrary, a specific aim is to explore how more informed philosophical dialogue will lead to more insightful public policies and practices.

Case studies describe specific architectural and planning decisions, fisheries policies, urban ecological restorations, and more. The overarching phenomenological perspective, however, means that these discussions emerge within a sensibility that recognizes the foundational significance of human embodiment, culture, language, worldviews, and, ultimately, moral attunement to place.

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Judgment calls, values, and perceptions often implicitly affect decisions around water policies and programs. This book explores how embodied, lived experience informs such values and impacts policy and practice around water issues in critical ways.

The Wonder of Water: Lived Experience, Policy, and Practice

Edited by Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

© 2019

Facing droughts, floods, and water security challenges, society is increasingly forced to develop new policies and practices to cope with the impacts of climate change. From taken-for-granted values and perceptions to embodied, existential modes of engaging our world, human perspectives impact decision-making and behaviour.

The Wonder of Water explores how human experience – including our cultural paradigms, value systems, and personal biases – impacts decisions around water. In many ways, the volume expands on the growing field of water ethics to include questions around environmental aesthetics, psychology, and ontology. And yet this book is not simply for philosophers. On the contrary, a specific aim is to explore how more informed philosophical dialogue will lead to more insightful public policies and practices.

Case studies describe specific architectural and planning decisions, fisheries policies, urban ecological restorations, and more. The overarching phenomenological perspective, however, means that these discussions emerge within a sensibility that recognizes the foundational significance of human embodiment, culture, language, worldviews, and, ultimately, moral attunement to place.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "The thought-provoking and scholarly chapters of The Wonder of Water reframe how we think about water. This interdisciplinary collection examines the developing field of water ethics, with ideas about realigning human relationships with water and the natural landscape."


    Rachel Jagareski
    Foreword Reviews, January/February 2020

    "The Wonder of Water deploys an explicitly phenomenological approach to water, making links between environmental case studies, policy, and personal experience."


    Michael Smith, Department of Philosophy, Queen’s University

    "Contributors demonstrate how a more comprehensive, engaged knowledge of and responsibility for water can guide water restoration and propel sustainable environmental and landscape design and policy."


    David Seamon, Department of Architecture, Kansas State University

    "Using water as a lens for explicating the complexity of environmental experience, The Wonder of Water goes further than any other book in demonstrating how phenomenological methods might inform environmental management."


    Ted Relph, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto
  • Author Information

    Ingrid Leman Stefanovic is Dean of the Faculty of Environment and professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. She is also a professor emerita in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    List of Figures
    Acknowledgments

    Introduction
    Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

    Part One: The Lived Experience of Water

    Rain Queen
    Kirby Manià, Simon Fraser University 

    1. Water Gaia: Toward a Scientific Phenomenology of Water
    Stephan Harding, Schumacher College

    2. Flow Motions and Kinethic Responsiveness
    Stephen J. Smith, Simon Fraser University

    3. Creaturely Migrations on a Breathing Planet
    David Abram, Author and Cultural Ecologist

    4. When Salmon Are Deemed Superfluous: Reflecting on a Struggle of Stories
    Martin Lee Mueller, Rudolf Steiner University College, Oslo

    Part Two: Water and Place

    5. The Place of Water
    Janet Donohoe, University of West Georgia

    6. Engaging the Water Monster of Amsterdam: Meandering Toward a Fair Urban Riversphere
    Irene Klaver, University of North Texas

    7. Water and the City: Towards an Ethos of Fluid Urbanism
    Ingrid Leman Stefanovic, Simon Fraser University

    8. What We’re Talking about When We’re Talking about Water: Race, Imperial Politics, and Ruination in Flint, Michigan
    Sarah King, Grand Rapids University

    Part Three: Rethinking Water Policy, Practice, and Ethics

    9. The Bonding Properties of Water: Community, Urban River Restoration, and Non-human Agency
    Bryan Bannon, Merrimack College

    10. Standing Rock: Water Protectors in a Time of Failed Policy
    Trish Glazebrook, Washington State University and Jeff Gessas, University of North Texas

    11. Phenomenology, Water Policy, and the Conception of the Polis
    Henry Dicks, Université Jean Moulin, France

    12. Towards a Complexity Ethics: Understanding and Action on Behalf of Life-World Well-Being
    Robert Mugerauer, University of Washington

    Part Four: Closing Reflections

    Conclusion: Looking Forward: From Poetics to Praxis
    Ingrid Leman Stefanovic, Simon Fraser University

    The Lure of Water: Four Poems
    Dilys Leman, Toronto

    List of Contributors
    Index

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