According to Sapir and Whorf, language is the lens by which we see the world. Language is enriched as we define and redefine everyday realities, and new articulations, through an agreement on the meanings of letter combinations, emerge. Over the years, what is oral – words we would hear only in informal conversations among certain social groups – start to seep into mainstream culture and even become part of the lexicon. And as shown in the picture, this has also allowed us to perceive everyday realities in more colorful ways.
In environmental sociology, different perspectives enable the analysis of environmental and social issues through different angles and approaches. Perspectives highlight specific aspects of an issue and focus the finding of solutions by addressing those specific aspects. (Image by John Patrick Allanegui)
While some may see the problem of access to safe drinking water as an issue of resource management, it goes beyond that. In looking at the issue of safe water access, we also need to question our society’s definition and operationalization of human rights.