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Political dimensions of climate change adaptation: conceptual reflections and African examples

Eguavoen, I / Karsten Schulz / Sarah de Wit / Florian Weisser / Detlef Müller-Mahn
Externe Publikationen (2016)

in: Walter Leal Filho, Innovation in Climate Change Adaptation, Cham: Springer International Publishing, 1183-1199

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-40455-9_82-1

This chapter supports the argument that social science research should focus on adaptation to climate change as a social and political process, by analyzing the politics and interests of actors in climate change adaptation arenas and by acknowledging the active role of those people who are expected to adapt. Most conventional climate research depoliticizes vulnerability and adaptation by removing dominant global economic and policy conditions from the discussion. Social science disciplines, if given appropriate weight in multidisciplinary projects, contribute important analyses by relying on established concepts from political science, human geography, and social anthropology. This chapter explains relevant disciplinary concepts (climate change adaptation arena, governance, politics, perception, mental models, culture, weather discourses, risk, blame, traveling ideas) and relates them to each other to facilitate the use of a common terminology and conceptual framework for research in a developmental context.

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