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Making the case for self-organisation : understanding how communities make sense of sustainability & climate change through collective action

Title data

Atkinson, Rob ; Dörfler, Thomas ; Hasanov, Mustafa ; Rothfuß, Eberhard ; Smith, Ian:
Making the case for self-organisation : understanding how communities make sense of sustainability & climate change through collective action.
In: International Journal of Sustainable Society. Vol. 9 (2017) Issue 3 . - pp. 193-209.
ISSN 1756-2538
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJSSOC.2017.10009301

Project information

Project financing: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Abstract in another language

Understanding how community groups take on the challenge of climate change is key to understanding the capacity of society as a whole to adapt in the face of climate change in ways that acknowledge a broader need for a sustainable societal transition. In order to show this it is important to identify what distinguishes self-organised responses to the climate change challenge from other responses. Through critically evaluating the existing literature on self-organisation and on locally based responses to climate change, the paper clarifies what we mean by self-organised response and then demonstrates how the concept would enhance the scope of research about local-level responses to enhance societal sustainability. Furthermore, the article presents an agenda for identifying self-organised responses to climate change and distinguishing self-organised responses from other forms of ‘community-led’ response.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Self-organisation; Cimate Change; Civil society; Sustainability; Collective Action; Communities
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Social and Population Geography
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Social and Population Geography > Chair Social and Population Geography - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eberhard Rothfuß
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
900 History and geography
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2017 06:23
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2018 05:49
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/38208