How Australians order acceptance of recycled water: National baseline data

Marks, June, Martin, Bill and Zadoroznyj, Maria (2008) How Australians order acceptance of recycled water: National baseline data. Journal of Sociology, 44 1: 83-99. doi:10.1177/1440783307085844

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Author Marks, June
Martin, Bill
Zadoroznyj, Maria
Title How Australians order acceptance of recycled water: National baseline data
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-7833
Publication date 2008-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1440783307085844
Volume 44
Issue 1
Start page 83
End page 99
Total pages 17
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Ensuring adequate water supplies in urban Australia is a problem of considerable concern to State and federal governments. A variety of technical solutions are available, including water recycling. While there has been policy support for water recycling, public perceptions are seen by industry stakeholders as a significant impediment to the implementation of recycled water schemes. This article reports baseline data on attitudes to water recycling and its uses in a representative sample of Australians from major urban areas. Sociological frameworks for interpreting the results focus on understanding how people assess the risks associated with recycled water. Three perspectives are outlined, and their consistency with the survey results is analysed. The epistemologically realist view, often the fallback of water professionals and policy makers, is shown to have limited applicability. An interpretation focused on the cultural meanings associated with different forms and uses of water is found to be consistent with many aspects of Australians' expressed views about water recycling, as is a view focused on the `risk society' thesis. The article considers the implications of these findings.
Keyword Australian public attitudes
Water recycling
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
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