Journal article

Toward a constructivist understanding of socio-environmental conflicts

Tobias Ide

Civil Wars | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2016


The links between environmental degradation, renewable resource scarcity, and conflict are still poorly understood. One reason for this is the positivist–rationalist bias which is characteristic of the mainstream literature on socio-environment conflicts but has largely remained unaddressed so far. Many studies are therefore unable to utilize insights from environmental sociology, constructivist conflict research, and political ecology. Drawing on this literature and discourse theory, the article develops a constructivist understanding of socio-environmental conflicts. The proposed framework highlights the relevance of discursively constructed identities, situation assessments, and interests..

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