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Chasing our tails : psychological, institutional and societal paradoxes in natural resource management, sustainability, and climate change in Australia.

Browne, A. L. and Bishop, B. J. (2011) Chasing our tails : psychological, institutional and societal paradoxes in natural resource management, sustainability, and climate change in Australia. American Journal of Community Psychology, 47 (3). pp. 354-361. ISSN 0091-0562

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    Abstract

    Natural Resource Management (NRM) and Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) have been guiding frameworks in Australia for a number of decades. Recently, NRM and ESD have become central to climate change mitigation. In this paper, we explore the psychological paradoxes that function within climate change settings, with particular attention devoted to the way that research and development reinforces these paradoxes by advocating for participatory forms of inquiry. Paradox emerges in NRM at psychological, institutional, and organisational levels. Paradoxes are also features of different forms of democracy such as neoliberal and participatory democracy. Although NRM, ESD and climate change are often conceptualised as distinct issue domains, these policy areas are fundamentally interconnected in both theory and in practice. This interconnection between these policy and research settings, reflections on paradox, and the experience of incorporating community psychology into the paradoxical settings of NRM and climate change are captured in this paper.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: American Journal of Community Psychology
    Additional Information: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
    ID Code: 31790
    Deposited By: Dr Alison L Browne
    Deposited On: 12 Feb 2010 11:21
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:01
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/31790

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