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Conceptualizing, Observing, and Influencing Social–Ecological Transitions

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dc.contributor.author Fischer-Kowalski, Marina
dc.contributor.author Rotmans, Jan
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-27T14:59:09Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-27T14:59:09Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5451
dc.description.abstract "This article creates a meeting ground between two distinct and fairly elaborate research traditions dealing with social 'transitions': the Dutch societal transitions management approach, and the Viennese sociometabolic transitions approach. Sharing a similar understanding of sustainability transitions —namely as major transformational changes of system characteristics—and a background epistemology of complex systems, autopoeisis, and evolutionary mechanisms, they address the subject from different angles: one approach asks how transformative changes happen and what they look like, and the other approach tries answer the question of how to bring them about. The Viennese approach is almost exclusively analytical and deals with a macro ('landscape') level of human history with a time scale of decades to centuries; the Dutch approach is based on intervention experiences and deals with a shorter time frame (decades) of micro–meso–macro levels of industrial societies. From both their respective angles, they contribute to some of the key questions of sustainability research, namely: how can a transformative change toward sustainability be distinguished from other types of social change? By which mechanisms can obstacles, path dependencies, and adverse interests be overcome? And what are the key persistent problems that call for such a transition?" en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject management en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.title Conceptualizing, Observing, and Influencing Social–Ecological Transitions en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth unknown en_US

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