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Blue space as caring space – water and the cultivation of care in social and environmental practice

Buser, Michael; Payne, Tom; Edizel, Ozlem; Dudley, Lyze

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Tom Payne

Ozlem Edizel

Lyze Dudley



Abstract

This paper studies three sites or ‘landscapes of care’ in Leeds, Bristol and London where water and associated built and natural environments are used to co-construct and facilitate forms of social and environmental care. Our research narrates the ways in which blue spaces are cultivated for the production of particular forms of caring bodies and sensibilities. Interpreting care as both a doing (caring for) and emotion (caring about), we draw attention to the diverse practices and distributed nature of care in these environments. Our paper has three main insights. First, we draw attention to the role of water as both a material and site of care. Second, we identify a range of more-than-human benefits associated with blue spaces and how these emerge via collaborative, non-linear and reciprocal forms of care. Third, we argue that by understanding how care works in everyday social practice, new forms of ecological care and pro-environmental ways of living with the world can emerge.

Citation

Buser, M., Payne, T., Edizel, O., & Dudley, L. (2020). Blue space as caring space – water and the cultivation of care in social and environmental practice. Social and Cultural Geography, 21(8), 1039-1059. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2018.1534263

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 13, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 16, 2018
Publication Date Sep 1, 2020
Deposit Date Sep 28, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 25, 2020
Journal Social and Cultural Geography
Print ISSN 1464-9365
Electronic ISSN 1470-1197
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 8
Pages 1039-1059
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2018.1534263
Keywords care, more-than-human, social change, United Kingdom
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/858718
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2018.1534263

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© 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.







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