Community resilience, globalization, and transitional pathways of decision-making

Wilson, G. A. (2012) Community resilience, globalization, and transitional pathways of decision-making. Geoforum. 14 p..

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This article investigates the impacts of globalization processes on community resilience. It argues that theoretical concepts such as transition theory can provide a lens through which resilience pathways at community level can be better understood, and proposes a framework focused on a social resilience approach for understanding community resilience as the conceptual space at the intersection between economic, social and environmental capital. It argues that certain types of communities are losing resilience through increased embeddedness into globalized pathways of decision-making, while other communities may be gaining resilience, although not one system is either totally resilient or totally vulnerable. Striking the right ‘balance’ between communities and their scalar interactions with the global level is key for maximization of community resilience: while too much isolation of a community may be bad in light of over-dependency on local resources, skills and people, ‘over-globalization’, with possible loss of autonomy and identity, may be equally fraught with problems. In particular, relocalized communities have, so far, not shown much tangible success, as almost all members of the relocalization process at community level are simultaneously embedded within the global capitalist system through their dependencies on global economic processes.

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Additional Information: The author wishes to particularly thank Olivia Wilson, Claire Kelly, Rob Hopkins, Ian Bailey James Sidaway, Peter Wilson, Wendy Miller, Andrew Fox, Huw Thomas and colleagues from the EUfunded LEDDRA Project for stimulating discussions on topics addressed in this article. I amalso indebted to Jamie Quinn who expertly drew the figures used in this article.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community resilience, Globalization Transition theory Economic/social/environmental capital, Relocalized communities
Author Affiliation: School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
Subjects: Social Sciences > Agricultural Economics
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2012 05:58
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2012 06:00

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