From conflict to resilience? Explaining recent changes in climate security discourse and practice

I.J.C. Boas, Delf Rothe

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Abstract

The recent rise of resilience thinking in climate security discourse and practice is examined and explained. Using the paradigmatic case of the United Kingdom, practitioners’ understandings of resilience are considered to show how these actors use a resilience lens to rearticulate earlier storylines of climate conflict in terms of complexity, decentralisation, and empowerment. Practitioners in the climate security field tend to reinterpret resilience in line with their established routines. As a result, climate resilience storylines and practices turn out to be much more diverse and messy than is suggested in the conceptual literature. Building on these findings, the recent success of resilience thinking in climate security discourse is explained. Climate resilience – not despite but due to its messiness – is able to bring together a wide range of actors, traditionally standing at opposite ends of the climate security debate. Through resilience storylines, climate security discourse becomes something to which a wide range of actors, ranging from security to the development field, can relate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-632
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • resilience
  • climate politics
  • climate security
  • discourse analysis
  • United Kingdom

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