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The Positioned Construction of Water Values: Pluralism, Positionality and Praxis

Antonio A.R. Ioris

Environmental Values 21 (2012): 143-162. doi: 10.3197/096327112X13303670567251


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.


Nature valuation, political ecology, war of position

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Environmental Values and Human Purposes. Ted Benton

An Inquiry Concerning the Acceptance of Intrinsic Value Theories of Nature. W.F. Butler and T.G. Acott

Value Theory in Ecological Economics: The Contribution of a Political Economy of Wealth. Ali Douai

Economic Stratification and Environmental Management: A Case Study of the New York City Catskill/Delaware Watershed. Joan Hoffman

Environmental Valuation: Some Problems of Wrong Questions and Misleading Answers. Jack L. Knetsch

Conceptions of Value in Environmental Decision-Making John O'Neill and Clive L. Spash

Technology and Epistemology: Environmental Mentalities and Urban Water Usage. Nicole Stuart

Realms of Value: Conflicting Natural Resource Values and Incommensurability. Sarah Fleisher Trainor

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Green Economy, Red Herring. Clive L. Spash

Modern Water Ethics: Implications for Shared Governance. Jeremy J. Schmidt and Dan Shrubsole

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