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New Mexico State University (2022)

Desert Hydrologies : Exploring Water Dialogues in the Arid West through Participatory Photography

Bergmann, Carl (Hardt) Norman Meinhardt

Titre : Desert Hydrologies : Exploring Water Dialogues in the Arid West through Participatory Photography

Auteur : Bergmann, Carl (Hardt) Norman Meinhardt

Université de soutenance : New Mexico State University

Grade : Master of Applied Geography 2022

Description partielle
As concern mounts over issues related to global environmental change, research that brings to light people’s perceptions and experiences of those issues will be critical in the effort to avert anthropogenic environmental disaster. Studies have shown that not only do public dialogues around environmental issues influence environmental policy (M. Ingram, H. Ingram, and Lejano 2015 ; Kelly et al. 2014), personal stories related to environmental issues also motivate environmental action (Gustafson et al. 2020 ; Morris et al. 2019). This thesis explores one means by which researchers, activists, and communities may be able to go about both examining and creating dialogue about environmental issues : participatory photography. Also known as “photovoice,” participatory photography involves having members of a community take and submit photos that offer their perspective on the research topic. The methodology has a fairly extensive history in social science research, but it has been used only sparingly in studies of human-environment relationships. This thesis explores the use of participatory photography in human-environment research by detailing the results of a participatory photography project I conducted on water and water issues in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Between late October 2021, and the end of February 2022, I curated fifty-three photos taken by thirty-two Las Cruces community members depicting their relationships with and understandings of water in an arid landscape. The project, named “Desert Hydrologies,” culminated in a virtual exhibit (https://hardtb.wixsite.com/deserthy...) featuring participants’ photos and excerpts from surveys they sent in along with them. The project was an attempt to better understand local water dialogues and highlight the ways people experience water in the arid West at a time when the region faces myriad environmental threats related to water scarcity. This thesis consists of four chapters.

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