Joanne Garde-Hansen
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Living with/out water
Media, memory and gender
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Drought impacts certainly are spectacles even if the slow and incremental onset of the drying of the land evades media representations compared to the media templates that frame flood events – the boats in the streets, the aerial shot of the Abbey engulfed, the amateur footage of the river flowing through someone’s home, or the interviews with the authorities by the flood defences. The 1976 drought has become most prominent in the collective memory of British weather narratives as more of a pleasurable ‘scorcher’ than a traumatic dustbowl, and in this chapter, I explore how women play the key role in living without water as social indicators of remembering and forgetting drought.

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