Endurance presents stories of ordinary Australians grappling with extraordinary circumstances, providing insight into their lives, their experiences with drought and their perceptions of climate change.The book opens with the physical impacts, science, politics and economics of drought and climate change in rural Australia. It then highlights the cultural and historical dimensions – taking us to the Mallee wheat-belt, where researcher Deb Anderson interviewed farm families from 2004 to 2007, as climate change awareness grew. Each story is grouped into one of three themes: Survival, Uncertainty and Adaptation.Illustrated with beautiful color photographs from Museum Victoria, Endurance will appeal to anyone with an interest in life stories, rural Australia and the environment.
About the Author
Deb Anderson is a journalist and oral historian. She has published widely with Fairfax Media, principally for The Age, and recently joined Monash University as a lecturer. Deb’s fascination with nature and storytelling stems from her upbringing on a farm in one of the wettest parts of Australia, in tropical north Queensland.
Table of Contents
Preface and acknowledgementsIntroduction1) Drought as a Cultural Concept2) Redefining Drought3) Making Histories in the Mallee4) Survival, Making Sense of Crisis and ‘Making Do’5) Reconciling Uncertainty, Cycles and Change6) Adaptation in Response to a Risky ClimateConclusionWorks CitedIndex