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Social Networks and Natural Resource Management
Uncovering the Social Fabric of Environmental Governance


Carl Folke, Örjan Bodin, Saudiel Ramirez-Sanchez, Henrik Ernstson, Christina Prell, Beatrice Crona, Mark Reed, Klaus Hubacek, David Tindall, Howard Harshaw, J. M. Taylor, Ken Frank, Annica Sandström, Marney Isaac, Evans Dawoe
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  • Date Published: August 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521146234

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  • Social Network Analysis (SNA), a quantitative approach to the study of social relations, has recently emerged as a key tool for understanding the governance of natural resources. Bringing together contributions from a range of researchers in the field, this is the first book to fully explore the potential applications of SNA in the context of natural resource management. Topics covered include the role of SNA in stakeholder selection; improving fisheries management and conservation; the effect of social network ties on public satisfaction and agrarian communication networks. Numerous case studies link SNA concepts to the theories underlying natural resource governance, such as social learning, adaptive co-management and social movements theory. Reflecting on the challenges and opportunities associated with this evolving field, this is an ideal resource for students and researchers involved in many areas of natural resource management, environmental biology, sustainability science and sociology.

    • The first book to fully explore the potential applications of SNA in the context of natural resource management, offering unique insights for both students and researchers
    • Provides numerous case studies, highlighting the uses of the SNA approach for ongoing research projects
    • Includes a reflective chapter linking SNA with social theories associated with natural resource management, strengthening the reader's understanding of this evolving field
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    'The book achieves its objective admirably well … [as] an edited volume, a rigorous conceptual framework of SNA at the beginning of the book weaves the contributing case studies of natural resource management into an integrated whole. The concluding chapter is ambitious and successful in synthesizing the central theoretical and methodological challenges for future work in the field. Academics and professionals working in natural resource governance are also likely to find the book very useful.' Janne I. Hukkinen, Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences

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    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521146234
    • length: 390 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus. 17 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Carl Folke
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. A social relational approach to natural resource governance Örjan Bodin, Saudiel Ramirez-Sanchez, Henrik Ernstson and Christina Prell
    2. Some basic structural characteristics of networks Christina Prell
    3. Combining social network approaches with social theories to improve understanding of natural resource governance Beatrice Crona, Henrik Ernstson, Christina Prell, Mark Reed and Klaus Hubacek
    Part II. Case Studies:
    4. Barriers and opportunities in transforming to sustainable governance: the role of key individuals Örjan Bodin and Beatrice Crona
    5. Social network analysis for stakeholder selection Christina Prell, Mark Reed and Klaus Hubacek
    6. Who and how: engaging well-connected fishers in social networks to improve fisheries management and conservation Saudiel Ramirez-Sanchez
    7. The effects of social network ties on the public's satisfaction with forest management in British Columbia, Canada David Tindall, Howard Harshaw and J. M. Taylor
    8. Social network models for natural resource use and extraction Ken Frank
    9. Friends or neighbors? Subgroup heterogeneity and the importance of bonding and bridging ties in natural resource governance Beatrice Crona and Örjan Bodin
    10. The role of individual attributes in the practice of information sharing among fishers from Loreto, BCS, Mexico Saudiel Ramirez-Sanchez
    11. Transformative collective action: a network approach to transformative change in ecosystem-based management Henrik Ernstson
    12. Social networks, joint image building and adaptability - the case of local fishery management Annica Sandström
    13. Agrarian communication networks: consequences for agroforestry Marney Isaac and Evans Dawoe
    Part III. Summary and Outlook:
    14. Social network analysis in natural resource governance - summary and outlook Örjan Bodin and Christina Prell

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Applied Scocial Science
    • Environmental Social Science
  • Editors

    Örjan Bodin, Stockholms Universitet
    Örjan Bodin is a researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, Sweden. He is particularly interested in using network analysis to study various aspects of ecosystems governance.

    Christina Prell, University of Maryland, College Park
    Christina Prell is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She uses mixed methods to explore the role that social networks play in different research contexts.


    Carl Folke, Örjan Bodin, Saudiel Ramirez-Sanchez, Henrik Ernstson, Christina Prell, Beatrice Crona, Mark Reed, Klaus Hubacek, David Tindall, Howard Harshaw, J. M. Taylor, Ken Frank, Annica Sandström, Marney Isaac, Evans Dawoe

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