Taking on Water: A Discourse Analysis of Drinking Water Policy and Practices at the University of Victoria

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dc.contributor.author Brulotte, Jayna
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-19T20:38:00Z
dc.date.available 2013-04-19T20:38:00Z
dc.date.copyright 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2013-04-19
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/4535
dc.description.abstract In recent years, universities, municipalities, and other public and private organizations throughout Canada have banned the sale of bottled water from their facilities. To explore how such bans are linguistically and textually framed, proposed, and debated, this thesis analyzes drinking water policy and practice at the University of Victoria. Using Maarten Hajer’s approach to discourse analysis, discourses, story-lines, and discourse coalitions are identified. Through interviews with key players as well as textual analysis, I identify several discourses being mobilized to discuss drinking water at the University of Victoria, including that drinking water is an environmental issue, a public resource, a human right, a commodity, a health issue, and a revenue issue. The key discourse coalition working to define the issue of drinking water is a student coalition comprising the University of Victoria Sustainability Project and the University of Victoria Students’ Society. This coalition is promoting the argument that the sale of bottled water should be banned on campus. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject bottled water en_US
dc.subject universities en_US
dc.subject discourse analysis en_US
dc.subject Hajer en_US
dc.subject human rights en_US
dc.title Taking on Water: A Discourse Analysis of Drinking Water Policy and Practices at the University of Victoria en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Teghtsoonian, Katherine Anne
dc.degree.department Program: Studies in Policy and Practice en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0630 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0768 en_US

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