What's social about natural resources and why do we need to theorise it?

Lockie, Stewart, Higgins, Vaughan, and Lawrence, Geoffrey (2001) What's social about natural resources and why do we need to theorise it? In: Lawrence, Geoffrey, Higgins, Vaughan, and Lockie, Stewart, (eds.) Environment, Society and Natural Resources Management: theoretical perspectives from Australasia and the Americas. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 1-15.

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[Extract] For decades, social scientists have struggled for recognition as valid contributors to natural resource management (NRM). Overshadowed by the seemingly obvious importance of soils, hydrology, agronomy, biology, ecology and a host of other apparently 'natural' dimensions of NRM, the social dimensions of NRM have all too often been ignored. So, how much have things changed? Since the report of the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987 (WCED, 1987) there has been growing international recognition of the relationships between what we understand as natural and social resources (or between environments and people). The WCED argued that sustainable use of natural resources was impossible in the absence of equity, justice and social and economic development. Environmental issues were thus also social, trade and economic issues. While it would be misleading to trace widespread change to a single report or event, it is nevertheless evident that, as we begin the new century, NRM policy statements from governments, non-government organisations and multilateral organisations alike embrace components of a new 'language' of partnerships, capacity building, institutional support, public participation, community initiatives, environmental health, community health, social capital, international cooperation, education, and a host of concepts and ideas once foreign to the natural sciences.

Item ID: 31258
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-84064-449-4
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2017 04:35
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 20%
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