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Social Capital and Climate Change Adaptation
ORE Climate Science (2016)
  • Daniel P Aldrich, Northeastern University
  • Courtney M. Page, Seton Hall University
  • Chris Paul, North Carolina Central University
A great deal of research has shown how social capital (the bonding, bridging, and linking connections to others) provides information on trustworthiness, facilitates collective action, and connects us to external resources during disasters and crises. We know far less about the relationship between social capital and adaptation behaviors in terms of the choices that people make to accommodate changing environmental conditions. A number of unanswered but critical questions remain: How precisely does social capital function in climate change adaptation? To what degree does strong bonding social capital substitute for successful adaptation behaviors for individuals or groups? Which combinations of social factors make coping, adapting, and transforming most likely? How can social capital help migrating populations maintain cultural identity under stress? How can local networks be integrated into higher-level policy interventions to improve adaptation? Which political and social networks contribute to transformative responses to climate change at local, regional, and international levels? This article serves as a comprehensive 
  • social capital,
  • climate change adaptation,
  • bonding,
  • bridging,
  • linking,
  • transformative
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Daniel P Aldrich, Courtney M. Page and Chris Paul. "Social Capital and Climate Change Adaptation" ORE Climate Science (2016)
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