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Conceptualizing power to study social-ecological interactions
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
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2016 (English)In: Ecology & society, ISSN 1708-3087, E-ISSN 1708-3087, Vol. 21, no 1, 21Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

My aim is to conceptualize power using social science theory and to demonstrate why and how the concept of power can complement resilience studies and other analyses of social-ecological interaction. Social power as a scientific concept refers to the ability to influence both conduct and context. These two dimensions of power (conduct and context) can be observed by differentiating between various sources of power, including, for example, technology or mental power. The relevance of the conceptualization of power presented here is illustrated with the example of fire as a source of social-ecological power. I conclude by discussing how attention to power can help to address issues of social justice and responsibility in social-ecological interactions.

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2016. Vol. 21, no 1, 21
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fire domestication, power, resilience, social responsibility, social-ecological interactions, sociology
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Biological Sciences Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130010DOI: 10.5751/ES-07966-210121ISI: 000373935100005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-130010DiVA: diva2:927229
Available from: 2016-05-11 Created: 2016-05-09 Last updated: 2016-07-06Bibliographically approved

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