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No Power without Knowledge: A Discursive Subjectivities Approach to Investigate Climate-Induced (Im)mobility and Wellbeing

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Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9SJ, UK
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Institute for Environment and Human Security, UN’s University, D-53113 Bonn, Germany
Soc. Sci. 2020, 9(6), 103; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9060103
Received: 1 May 2020 / Revised: 1 June 2020 / Accepted: 7 June 2020 / Published: 15 June 2020
During the last few decades we have seen a rapid growth in the body of literature on climate-induced human mobility or environmental migration. Meanwhile, in-depth people-centred studies investigating people’s (im)mobility decision-making as a highly complex and sociopsychological process are scarce. This is problematic as human decision-making behaviour and responses—including their success or failure—closely align with people’s wellbeing status. In this article, elaborations around why these under-representations of research narratives and existing methods will guide us towards a solution. The article proposes a conceptual model to help fill this gap that is inspired by Michel Foucault’s power and knowledge relationship and discursive subjectivities. The conceptual idea introduced by the article offers as a replicable approach and potential way forward that can support widening empirical research in the area of climate-induced (im)mobility decision-making and wellbeing. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; decision-making; discipline and punishment; migration; non-economic loss and damage; human mobility; immobility; subjectivities; sustainable wellbeing; trapped populations climate change; decision-making; discipline and punishment; migration; non-economic loss and damage; human mobility; immobility; subjectivities; sustainable wellbeing; trapped populations
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Ayeb-Karlsson, S. No Power without Knowledge: A Discursive Subjectivities Approach to Investigate Climate-Induced (Im)mobility and Wellbeing. Soc. Sci. 2020, 9, 103.

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