Access as the means for understanding social-ecological resilience: Bridging analytical frameworks

Calderon Contreras, Rafael and White, Carole ORCID: (2020) Access as the means for understanding social-ecological resilience: Bridging analytical frameworks. Society and Natural Resources, 33 (2). pp. 205-223. ISSN 0894-1920

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Social Ecological Systems (SES) resilience has become the mainstream analytical framework for understanding the interactions between the social and environmental dynamics of change. However, issues around the role of power and agency, which have been described as blind spots by critics, have raised concerns regarding its application to real-world empirical cases. We explore how Ribot and Peluso’s Theory of Access can be applied to address critical theoretical gaps in SES by examining how its structural and relational access mechanisms relate to diversity, feedbacks and connectivity which are central to the dynamics of SES. Testing this through two different case studies, on land use issues in Mexico and marine fisheries in the United Kingdom, we illustrate how an analysis focused on access deepens our understanding of resilience. We argue that the insights provided by the Theory of Access contribute to an improved theorization of the “social” in social-ecological resilience.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: agency,community resilience,emergence,fishery,metaphor,networks,policy,services,strategies,systems,transformation,power,resilience,social-ecological systems,theory of access,sdg 14 - life below water,sdg 15 - life on land ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/life_below_water
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Global Environmental Justice
University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 02 May 2019 14:30
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2023 13:45
DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2019.1597233


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