Wastwater, the Lake District, England

Rounding out safety of September’s concern of Water Historic previous, Marianna Dudley revealed “Muddying the waters: leisure battle and rights of use of British rivers”. The abstract:

Rivers have historically been areas of recreation, together with work, commerce, and sustenance. As we communicate, various groups (anglers, canoeists, rowers, swimmers) vie for the leisure use of rivers in Britain. Nevertheless, this paper argues, approved definitions of rights of use have not saved up with the enlargement of leisure river use. Specializing in two groups, anglers and canoeists, it explores the emergence of battle between leisure prospects of British rivers throughout the twentieth century, and subsequent campaigns for widespread public rights of navigation on inland waterways. On account of battle (precise and perceived), small-scale organized groups have re-conceptualized river areas in methods by which mirror a recent engagement with, and understanding of, water by the use of recreation. This papers foregrounds recreation as a sort of water-use that generates important water-knowledge. Grounded throughout the Environmental Humanities, it attracts on notions of approved geographies, ‘trendy’ waters, and hydrocommons to suggest that small-scale conflicts on British rivers are tough how we use, govern, and conceptualize river water.

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