The weather of Australia's Monsoonal North has always played a key role in shaping everyday practices. Colloquially, people are said to 'go troppo' during the hot and humid 'mango madness' season. This paper draws on post-humanist theories of social practice to explore the remembered and temporally-experienced materiality of monsoonal weather—specifically heat and humidity. We are interested in how these unique weather conditions act to co-produce outdoor working practices in the region. This paper draws on a case study of electricity infrastructure workers. Their daily exposure to exceptionally harsh conditions means their practices produce the boundary between the mundane and catastrophic, through the ways they experience and manage heat stress. We examine their practices to unpack how people who live and work with already 'extreme' weather navigate everyday impacts of climate change. More specifically, we explore how past memories of weather conditions and the practices which anchor them can become a source of adaptive capacity in the Monsoonal North. Through our analysis we show how working practices (re)produce and are (re)produced by the bodies that 'weather' the weather, becoming shaped by it, and contingently comporting themselves in relation to it. This, we argue, challenges the view that heat and humidity are an external 'risk' to humans, and instead frames weather, and people's embodied experiences and memories of it, as an opportunity for adaptation. We conclude by proposing that a temporal understanding of the materiality of weather in everyday practices enables practical, tangible and meaningful opportunities for climate change adaptation.
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||Royal Anthropological Institute Anthropology Weather and Climate Change Conference - ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF AFRICA, OCEANIA AND THE AMERICAS OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM, London, United Kingdom|
Duration: 27 May 2016 → 29 May 2016
|Conference||Royal Anthropological Institute Anthropology Weather and Climate Change Conference|
|Period||27/05/16 → 29/05/16|
Oppermann, E., & Maller, C. (2016). The materiality of weather in 'Mango Madness' season: how heat and humidity co-produce everyday practices in Australia’s Monsoonal North. 1-23. Paper presented at Royal Anthropological Institute Anthropology Weather and Climate Change Conference, London, United Kingdom.