Special Issue "Community, Natural Resources, and Sustainability: An Interdisciplinary and International Dialogue"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2018
Dr. Hua Qin
Division of Applied Social Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211, USA
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Interests: population and environment; vulnerability and adaptation to climate change; community and natural resources; risk and disaster; sustainable development; research methods and statistics
Natural resource-based communities (communities with intimate ties to natural resources) are uniquely situated in the intersection of human society and the environment. Community related theories and approaches have been increasingly employed by researchers from a range of disciplines to study natural resource use and management in both developing and developed country settings. Due to the diverse perspectives and interests involved in the study of community and natural resources, there are considerable variations in the conception of the core concept community, research methods, and empirical findings, while synthesis across disciplinary lineages and development contexts is largely limited. As a concrete dimension of sustainability and sustainable development, community sustainability provides an overarching framework to bridging and integrating research on the multifaceted community–resources nexus. This Special Issue seeks to engage an interdisciplinary and international dialogue on the interrelationships of society, natural resources, and sustainability at the community level. We invite theoretical, empirical, and methodological research articles as well as practice-based papers that address a variety of relevant topics including but not limited to: (1) the relationships between natural resource dependency and community sustainability (or more specific aspects such as community vulnerability/adaptation, community capitals, and community resilience); (2) community approaches to common-pool or public natural resource management (e.g., community-based natural resource management or community involvement in resource management); (3) the impacts of demographic change (e.g., labor out-migration and amenity migration) on community and natural resources; (4) community responses to natural resource-related shocks/stressors (e.g., floods, wildfires, and forest insect disturbances) or resource-based growth (e.g., energy or tourism development); and (5) community contextual effects on individual natural resource-related attitudes and behavior. Studies using an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary approach, collaborative and comparative field-based research, and creative systematic reviews and meta-analyses are particularly encouraged.
Dr. Hua Qin
Dr. Jessica D. Ulrich-Schad
Dr. David Matarrita-Cascante
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- Community sustainability
- Resource dependency
- Natural resource management
- Demographic change
- Community impacts
- Community context
- Sustainable development
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Amenity/Lifestyle Migration in the Chilean Andes: Understanding the Views of “The Other” and Its Effects on Integrated Community Development
Authors: David Matarrita-Cascante, Hugo Zunino, Johanna Sagner-Tapia
Affiliation: Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University
Abstract: Within the context of amenity/lifestyle migration, we are interested in understanding the way local rural residents and migrants 1) view each other and 2) how those views affect an integrated community development. Using alterity theory as a guiding framework, we engaged in a qualitative study to examine such views and their effects along the lines of three axes: an epistemological (what people know about the other), an axiological (how people value the other), and a praxeological (how people interact with the other) one in the Chilean community of Malalcahuello. Findings suggests that, overall, both types of residents know little of the other, have and constantly reproduce negative value judgements of the other, and relate only in mundane non-significant ways. We provide explanations of how these relate to the reported diminished community development efforts in town.
Title: Clans in Transition: Natural Resource Crises as Drivers of Societal Changes in Chinese Villages
Authors: Qidong Huang 1, Jiajun Xu 1, Yongping Wei 2
Affiliation: 1 School of Public Administration, Hohai University, China; 2 School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia
Abstract: Clans in China's rural areas, in the traditional sense, are social organizations based on ties of consanguinity and geography. The order and rules followed by the clans are one of the most important informal systems in rural China. Clan members usually share similar social capital and natural resources and form basically unanimous interest groups. Societal relations in the rural areas have entered into a new stage of adjustment over the past decade. We use the case of a resource dependent village as an example to show how resource crises accelerate transition of clans and societal changes in Chinese villages. We observe some major changes both within and across clans. There is an apparent rise of “New Clanism” within clans, which gradually abandons the traditional idea of supremacy of clan interests and places family or personal interests at top priority. Meanwhile, clan boundaries get increasingly obscure since the integrity of clans is undermined by the rise of new interest groups across clans, but the boundaries still remain relatively clear due to the incomplete consistency of clan interests. Some clan elites and representatives of new interest groups get involved in village governance, which indicates that their goals have shifted from natural resources to social or political capital.
Title: Extending Interactional Theory to Re-materialize and Reinvigorate Community
Author: Paul Van Auken
Affiliation: Sociology and Environmental Studies Faculty, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Abstract: In periods of rapid social change people seek settings and relations they can more easily comprehend and manage. This may help to explain a renewed interest in community during a period of ever-intensifying globalization, technological advancement, environmental degradation, and disenchantment with modern life. It has manifested itself in a veritable explosion of farmers’ markets, the local economy movement, emergence of co-housing, time banks, and gift circles, and increased emphasis on community policing, new urbanism, devolution in government, community-based forestry, community gardening, and participatory planning in the U.S. and other settings in recent years. These trends seem to reflect collective efforts from a diversity of perspectives to address longstanding concern about “community lost”. Community is invoked in the scholarly realm as well, but there is no consensus about what it means 60 years after a literature review revealed 94 definitions in sociology alone. It has recently been argued to a wide audience that the study of community should be the primary aim of environmental sociology, for example, but the concept remains ill-defined and underutilized as a tool for analysis of social and environmental issues. Is “community” a tired buzzword? Is it a useful sociological concept in the 21st century? Why has the concept of community been underutilized in the literature of environmental sociology and sustainability studies? Based upon a literature review and data from several qualitative studies, I present a revamped framework of community rooted in the land itself. I argue that re-materializing community has the potential to not only add needed precision to the concept but also encourage its application to a variety of concerns, including more sustainable management of natural resources.