Reflections on Water: Knowing a River


In this article, Dudley reflects on what it means to know a place in the context of conducting her own research on the Severn River, UK. Drawing on Lefebvre’s triple dialectic, Dudley explores how the river is constituted through legal documents, maps, and regulations, through the lived experience and embodied practices of recreational users, and through imaginative and artistic practices. These multiple ways of knowing a place—particularly when that place is a river, characterized by flux and fluidity, unlike more fixed landscapes—can inform philosophies of place and space.