The positioned construction of water values: Pluralism, positionality and praxis

A.A.R. Ioris

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Water values serve as an entry point into the intricacies of public policies and management approaches. Values are contingent assessments that emerge out of socio-ecological relations and reflect particular demands, legacies and opportunities. The concept of value positionality is introduced as the synthesis of multiple expressions of worthiness cherished by a social group. Positionality is a metaphor that connects the phenomenological understanding of water value with the politics of everyday life and the broader politico-institutional framework. It entails a cluster of meanings expressed through territorialised interactions across time, locations and scales. Positionalities converge or depart according to value praxis, that is, the clash of competing valuation approaches seeking legitimisation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-162
Number of pages20
JournalEnvironmental Values
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012


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