Social-Ecological Intertwinedness: An Attempt at a Clarification

7 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2020

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Maja Schlüter

Stockholm University - Stockholm Resilience Center

Tilman Hertz

Stockholm University - Stockholm Resilience Center

María Mancilla García

Stockholm University

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

In social-ecological systems (SES) research the conceptualization of social-ecological interactions has advanced from viewing SES as separate social and ecological systems where one system acts as an exogenous “driver” on the other, to conceptualizing them as coupled or linked ecological and social systems (Berkes and Folke 1998), as embedded systems (Folke 2016, Folke et al 2016), towards acknowledging that the social and the ecological are deeply intertwined (Folke et al. 2016). Below we present these different conceptualizations and provide our own interpretation/understanding of intertwinedness in terms of intra-active processes and relations (Barad 2007, 2012). We end by discussing some implications of this understanding of intertwinedness for the study of SES.

Keywords: intertwinedness, social-ecological system, driver, embedded, linked/coupled, intra-action

JEL Classification: Q00, Q01, Q57, Z1

Suggested Citation

Schlüter, Maja and Hertz, Tilman and Mancilla García, María, Social-Ecological Intertwinedness: An Attempt at a Clarification (2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3727968 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3727968

Maja Schlüter (Contact Author)

Stockholm University - Stockholm Resilience Center ( email )

Kräftriket 2B
Stockholm, SE-114 19
Sweden

Tilman Hertz

Stockholm University - Stockholm Resilience Center ( email )

Kräftriket 2B
Stockholm, SE-114 19
Sweden

María Mancilla García

Stockholm University ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden

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