"Technology and Epistemology: Environmental Mentalities and Urban Water Usage"

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Environmental Values (journal)

Stuart, Nicole. “Technology and Epistemology: Environmental Mentalities and Urban Water Usage.” Environmental Values 16, no. 4 (2007): 417–31. doi:10.3197/096327107X243213.

This paper examines the mentalities associated with the transformation of “nature” into urban life in industrial societies, with particular reference to the conversion of rainwater into tap water. It argues that industrial technologies dissociate urban dwellers from the natural environment upon which they depend. The paper maintains that this dissociation has contributed to mentalities encouraging the depletion and degradation of water resources and critically examines technological strategies for managing urban water use. The paper argues that epistemological systems must be reformed in conjunction with changing technological systems before environmental management strategies are likely to succeed. It concludes by suggesting ways in which urban water provision could be transformed so as to encourage greater ecological awareness and activism.
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