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Social-Ecological Memory as a Source of General and Specified Resilience

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dc.contributor.author Nykvist, Björn
dc.contributor.author von Heland, Jacob
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-05T17:35:08Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-05T17:35:08Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9459
dc.description.abstract "We explored why social-ecological memory (SEM) is a source of inertia and path dependence, as well as a source of renewal and reorganization in social-ecological systems (SESs). We have presented two case studies: the historical case of the Norse settlement on Greenland and an empirical case from contemporary southern Madagascar. The cases illustrate how SEM is linked to specific pathways of development and a particular set of natural resource management practices. We have shown that in each case, a broader diversity of SEM is present in the SESs, but not drawn upon. Instead, SEMs are part of what explains community coherence and the barriers to adoption of more diverse practices. We have elaborated on how specific SEMs are linked to specified resilience, and we have shown that this fits existing notions of resilience, robustness, inertia, and path dependence. We have proposed that to change the dynamics of development pathways that do not produce desired results, it is necessary for managers to shift from specific to general SEM, which would also mirror the shift from specified to general resilience. The challenge lies in the interplay between the specified and the general. In this critical work, it is important to recognize that the valued diversity of SEM necessary for general resilience might actually reside in a different community." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject resilience en_US
dc.subject robustness en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.title Social-Ecological Memory as a Source of General and Specified Resilience en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Theory en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 19 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth June en_US

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