Access and Resilience: Analyzing the Construction of Social Resilience to the Threat of Water Scarcity

dc.contributor.authorLangridge, Ruthen_US
dc.contributor.authorChristian-Smith, Julieten_US
dc.contributor.authorLohse, Kathleen A.en_US
dc.coverage.countryUnited Statesen_US
dc.coverage.regionNorth Americaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-31T14:51:17Z
dc.date.available2009-07-31T14:51:17Z
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.date.submitted2009-04-20en_US
dc.date.submitted2009-04-20en_US
dc.description.abstract"Resilience is a vital attribute that characterizes a system's capacity to cope with stress. Researchers have examined the measurement of resilience in ecosystems and in social-ecological systems, and the comparative vulnerability of social groups. Our paper refocuses attention on the processes and relations that create social resilience. Our central proposition is that the creation of social resilience is linked to a community's ability to access critical resources. We explore this proposition through an analysis of how community resilience to the stress of water scarcity is influenced by historically contingent mechanisms to gain, control, and maintain access to water. Access is defined broadly as the ability of a community to actually benefit from a resource, and includes a wider range of relations than those derived from property rights alone. We provide a framework for assessing the construction of social resilience and use it to examine, first, the different processes and relations that enabled four communities in northern California to acquire access to water, and second, how access contributed to their differential levels of resilience to potential water scarcity. Legal water rights are extremely difficult to alter, and given the variety of mechanisms that can generate access, our study suggests that strengthening and diversifying a range of structural and relational mechanisms to access water can enhance a community's resilience to water scarcity."en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournalEcology and Societyen_US
dc.identifier.citationmonthDecemberen_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber2en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume11en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10535/2558
dc.subjectresilienceen_US
dc.subjectwater resourcesen_US
dc.subjectscarcityen_US
dc.subject.sectorSocial Organizationen_US
dc.subject.sectorWater Resource & Irrigationen_US
dc.titleAccess and Resilience: Analyzing the Construction of Social Resilience to the Threat of Water Scarcityen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.type.publishedpublisheden_US

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