"It was hard to come to mutual understanding..." - Multidimensionality of social learning processes in natural resource use in India, Africa and Latin America

Rist, Stephan; Chiddambaranathan, Mani; Escobar, Cecar; Wiesmann, Urs (2006). "It was hard to come to mutual understanding..." - Multidimensionality of social learning processes in natural resource use in India, Africa and Latin America. Systemic practice and action research, 19(3), pp. 219-237. New York, N.Y.: Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers; http://www.springer-ny.com 10.1007/s11213-006-9014-8

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Sustainable natural resource use requires that multiple actors reassess their situation in a systemic perspective. This can be conceptualised as a social learning process between actors from rural communities and the experts from outside organisations. A specifically designed workshop oriented towards a systemic view of natural resource use and the enhancement of mutual learning between local and external actors, provided the background for evaluating the potentials and constraints of intensified social learning processes. Case studies in rural communities in India, Bolivia, Peru and Mali showed that changes in the narratives of the participants of the workshop followed a similar temporal sequence relatively independently from their specific contexts. Social learning processes were found to be more likely to be successful if they 1) opened new space for communicative action, allowing for an intersubjective re-definition of the present situation, 2) contributed to rebalance the relationships between social capital and social, emotional and cognitive competencies within and between local and external actors.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre (discontinued)
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Rist, Stephan and Wiesmann, Urs Martin

ISSN:

1094-429X

Publisher:

Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers; http://www.springer-ny.com

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:46

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2018 15:01

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11213-006-9014-8

Web of Science ID:

000239958100002

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.18881

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/18881 (FactScience: 1146)

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