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Researching climate change and community in neoliberal contexts: an emerging critical approach
Taylor Aiken, Gerald mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) >]
Middlemiss, Lucie []
Sallu, Susie []
Hauxwell-Baldwin, Richard []
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
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[en] Community ; Climate Change ; Neoliberalism
[en] In a 2011 contribution to this journal, Walker examined the ways that community
is routinely employed in carbon governance, suggesting the need for more
critical approaches. Here, we characterize an emerging, critical approach to
researching climate change and community in neoliberal contexts, focusing
attention principally on the global north, where this body of research has
emerged. This work recognizes communities as sites of contestation, difference,
tension, and distinction, in which action on climate change can be designed to
meet a range of political and public ends. It aims to uncover the political and
social context for community action on climate change, to be alert to the power
relations inside and outside of communities, and to the context of neoliberalism,
including individualism, the will to quantify, and competition. Furthermore,
research in this space is committed to understanding both the lived
experience of the messy empirical worlds we encounter, and the potential
agency coalescing in community responses to climate change. Much of the
work to date, discussed here, has focused on communities working on climate
change mitigation in the global north, in which the idea of community as a
space for governance is gaining traction. We also comment on the positioning
of these arguments in the context of long-standing debates in the fields of
‘community-based’ development, natural resource management, and adaptation
in the global South. This discussion establishes a foundation from which to
progress learning across fields and geopolitical boundaries, furthering critical
thinking on ‘community.’

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