Enhancing community-scale social resilience: what is the connection between healthy communities and healthy waterways?

Gooch, Margaret, and Rigano, Donna (2010) Enhancing community-scale social resilience: what is the connection between healthy communities and healthy waterways? Australian Geographer, 41 (4). pp. 507-520.

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Abstract

Qualitative research undertaken in a regional centre of northern Queensland revealed how community members with an interest in water quality see themselves and others being pro-active in maintaining healthy waterways. Interview analysis revealed that respondents saw social resilience to changing water quality as contingent upon personal perceptions of water quality; the ability of a whole community to respond to changes in water quality; and individual behaviour change. Many participants explained that, in general, individuals would not take responsibility for maintaining healthy waterways unless there were personal consequences for not acting. We relate these data to current literature linking individual attitudes to community pro-environmental behaviour. We conclude that certain conditions usually prevail before a whole community will take up environmentally responsible behaviour. These conditions include a latent level of social capital, collective social learning, agency coordination, sufficient resources, and personal significance.

Item ID: 16962
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1465-3311
Keywords: resilience, community participation, water quality, community education, social resilience
Date Deposited: 17 May 2011 04:39
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology @ 60%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960703 Environmental Education and Awareness @ 40%
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