Journal article

Socio-environmental cooperation and conflict? A discursive understanding and its application to the case of Israel and Palestine

T Ide, C Froehlich

Earth System Dynamics | COPERNICUS GESELLSCHAFT MBH | Published : 2015

Abstract

The existing literature faces difficulties when accounting for the simultaneity of socio-environmental conflict and cooperation. We suggest that this puzzle can be solved by more recent constructivist works, which argue that conflictive or cooperative behavior is driven by discursively constructed interests, identities and situation assessments. Based on a literature review and field interviews, we analyze and compare the dominant water discourses in Israel and Palestine with the discourse dominant among the activists of a water cooperation project between communities from Israel and the West Bank. Our main result is that discourses are indeed crucial for understanding water-related conflict..

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University of Melbourne Researchers

Grants

Awarded by German Science Foundation's (DFG) Cluster of Excellence Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction (CliSAP)


Funding Acknowledgements

Research for this study was funded in part by the German Environmental Foundation (DBU) and the German Science Foundation's (DFG) Cluster of Excellence Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction (CliSAP) (EXC177). Pina von Prozinski provided great help in designing Fig. 1. We are grateful to our interview partners who shared their time and insights with us as well as to the reviewers who provided valuable feedback. All remaining errors are our own.