Living with water

Everyday encounters and liquid connections

Edited by Charlotte Bates and Kate Moles

Living with water


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6172-7
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: January 2023
  • BIC Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, Social Impact Of Environmental Issues, Society & social sciences / Sociology, Human Geography, Society & social sciences / Sociology & anthropology, Sociology, Sociology & anthropology, NATURE / Ecology


Living with water brings together sociologists, geographers, artists, writers and poets to explore the ways in which water binds, immerses and supports us. Drawing from international research on river crossings, boat dwelling, wild swimming, sea fishing, and draught impacts, and navigating urban waters, glacial lagoons, barrier reefs and disappearing tarns, the collection illuminates the ways that we live with and without water, and explores how we can think and write with water on land. Water offers a way of attending to emerging and enduring social and ecological concerns and making sense of them in lively and creative ways. By approaching Living with water from different disciplinary and methodological perspectives, and drawing on research from around the world, this collection opens up discussions that reinvigorate and renew previously landlocked debates.


Foreword - Jessica J. Lee

Living with water - Kate Moles and Charlotte Bates
Jo¨kulsa´rlo´n 64°04'13''N 16°12'42'' - Wayne Binite


Ryan and Alfie: the teenage fishers - Alys Tomlinson
Fereð ofer flodas: floating on a ferry - Eva McGrath
Homes, happenings and everyday lives: afloat on London's waterways - Lorna Flutter
Bathed in feeling: water cultures and city life - Les Back
River crossings: the mighty London Thames - Sophie Watson
Living with/out water: media, memory and gender - Joanne Garde-Hansen


How deep is your love? Spurting, surging, leaking and hissing in Calgary's pressurised drinking water infrastructure - Becky Shaw
Rain - Sans façon
More than a body of water: disentangling the affective meshwork of the Belize Barrier Reef - Phillip Vannini and April Vannini
Shifting tides: Anthropocene entanglements and unravellings in the Bay of Fundy - Aurora Fredriksen
Follow the water - Perdita Phillips
Glacial erratic - Stephanie Krzywonos


17 Bridges - Vanessa Daws
Churn - JLM Morton
Submerging bodies in cold waters - Charlotte Bates and Kate Moles
How to swim without water: Swimming as an ecological sensibility - Rebecca Olive
I just want an earth of cool mysteries - Samantha Walton
Conjuring a swimming pond - Emily Bates



Charlotte Bates is a Lecturer in Sociology at Cardiff University

Kate Moles is a Lecturer in Sociology at Cardiff University

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