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Making the case for self-organisation: understanding how communities make sense of sustainability and climate change through collective action
by Rob Atkinson; Thomas Dörfler; Mustafa Hasanov; Eberhard Rothfuß; Ian Smith
International Journal of Sustainable Society (IJSSOC), Vol. 9, No. 3, 2017


Abstract: 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.

Online publication date: Wed, 22-Nov-2017


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