Stasis and change: Social psychological insights into social-ecological resilience

Elizabeth V. Hobman, Iain Walker

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Abstract

Ecologists have used the concept of resilience since the 1970s. Resilience also features in many of the social and economic sciences, though in a less central role and with a variety of interpretations. Developing a fuller understanding of the concept of social-ecological resilience promises advances in how science can contribute to achieving better environmental outcomes, locally and globally. Such a development requires articulation of different perspectives on resilience and critical engagement across those perspectives. We present, in some detail, a particular perspective on resilience developed by the pioneering social psychologist Kurt Lewin. We suggest that Lewin’s explicit use of social-ecological systems in his framework presaged much of the current social-ecological understanding of resilience. We set out some key details of his framework, notably the characteristics of his field theory, his use of group dynamics as a vehicle for social change, his introduction and development of the principles of action research, and his three-step change model. We conclude by mentioning some areas of the framework that are under-theorized or not theorized at all.
Original languageEnglish
Article number39
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalEcology and Society
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Stasis and change: Social psychological insights into social-ecological resilience. / Hobman, Elizabeth V.; Walker, Iain.

In: Ecology and Society, Vol. 20, No. 1, 39, 2015, p. 1-12.

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