20 Mar Endurance: Australian Stories of Drought
Deb Anderson, Monash University
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 colour photographs from Museum Victoria, Endurance will appeal to anyone with an interest in life stories, rural Australia and the environment.
“Deb Anderson’s deeply thoughtful book takes us into the heart of Australian conversations about the land. Endurance is rich with voices and ideas – with earthed experience – and helps us think meaningfully about climate, culture and identity in Australia today. It’s an impressive achievement.”
Tom Griffiths FAHA, W K Hancock Professor of History and Director at the Centre for Environmental History, Australian National University
“In Endurance, Deb Anderson asks how people live with, understand, and struggle with drought as a core component of regional life and personal identity. Rare is the scholar who can leverage the insights of oral histories to engage issues of major contemporary significance. Her success in doing this is one of the defining strengths of her work.”
Michael Frisch, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, President, Oral History Association (USA) 2009-2010