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From big solutions to small practices.

Chappells, Heather and Medd, Will (2008) From big solutions to small practices. Social Alternatives, 27 (3). pp. 44-49. ISSN 0155-0306

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Abstract

This article examines the tensions between 'big' engineering solutions to sustainable water management and the role of the 'small' everyday innovations by domestic consumers. Using the recent drought in the south east of England as a case study, we explore how, within the context of the privatised water sector in England, different claims, and indeed future possibilities, are constructed by industry experts (water managers and regulators) in delimiting the role of providers and of the 'customer'. By juxtaposing accounts of everyday consumer practice and coping strategies with industry perspectives on the potentialities of charging schemes, water recycling, and leakage, we identify resistance to including the active consumer in the co-provision of alternative futures. In examining the reasons for such resistance we outline the possibilities for a 'co-productive' framework for sustainable water management and what this would mean for a reimagining of the active consumer and for policy.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social Alternatives
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 34406
Deposited By: Dr Will Medd
Deposited On: 26 Oct 2010 12:00
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2013 20:24
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34406

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