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

Rob Atkinson, Thomas Dörfler, Mustafa Hasanov, Eberhard Rothfuß*, Ian Smith

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-209
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Society
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Civil society
  • Climate change
  • Collective action
  • Communities
  • Self-organisation
  • Sustainability

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