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Nightingale, Andrea J and Eriksen, Siri and Taylor, Marcus and Forsyth, Timothy J and Pelling, Mark and Newsham, Andrew and Boyd, Emily and Brown, Katrina and Harvey, Blane and Jones, Lindsey and Bezner Kerr, Rachel and Mehta, Lyla and Naess, Lars Otto and Ockwell, David and Scoones, Ian and Tanner, Thomas and Whitfield, Stephen (2019) 'Beyond Technical Fixes: climate solutions and the great derangement.' Climate and Development. (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

Climate change research is at an impasse. The transformation of economies and everyday practices is more urgent, and yet appears ever more daunting as attempts at behaviour change, regulations, and global agreements confront material and social-political infrastructures that support the status quo. Effective action requires new ways of conceptualizing society, climate and environment and yet current research struggles to break free of established categories. In response, this contribution revisits important insights from the social sciences and humanities on the co-production of political economies, cultures, societies and biophysical relations and shows the possibilities for ontological pluralism to open up for new imaginations. Its intention is to help generate a different framing of socionatural change that goes beyond the current science-policy-behavioural change pathway. It puts forward several moments of inadvertent concealment in contemporary debates that stem directly from the way issues are framed and imagined in contemporary discourses. By placing values, normative commitments, and experiential and plural ways of knowing from around the world at the centre of climate knowledge, we confront climate change with contested politics and the everyday foundations of action rather than just data.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: climate change, climate science, knowledge, plural ontologies, politics of adaptation, co-production, climate justice
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 17565537
Copyright Statement: © 2019 The Author(s). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1080/17565529.2019.1624495
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2019 07:19
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/31186
Funders: Other, Other, Other

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