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Social Networks and Natural Resource Management: Uncovering the Social Fabric of Environmental Governance

Edited By: Orjan Bodin and Christina Prell

376 pages, 26 b/w illustrations, 17 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Aug 2011 | #192249 | ISBN-13: 9780521146234
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Hardback | Aug 2011 | #192255 | ISBN-13: 9780521766296
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About this book

Social Network Analysis (SNA), a quantitative approach to the study of social relations, has recently emerged as a key tool for understanding the governance of natural resources. Bringing together contributions from a range of researchers in the field, this is the first book to fully explore the potential applications of SNA in the context of natural resource management. Topics covered include the role of SNA in stakeholder selection; improving fisheries management and conservation; the effect of social network ties on public satisfaction and agrarian communication networks. Numerous case studies link SNA concepts to the theories underlying natural resource governance, such as social learning, adaptive co-management and social movements theory. Reflecting on the challenges and opportunities associated with this evolving field, this is an ideal resource for students and researchers involved in many areas of natural resource management, environmental biology, sustainability science and sociology.


Foreword Carl Folke

Part I. Introduction
1. A social relational approach to natural resource governance Orjan Bodin, Saudiel Ramirez-Sanchez, Henrik Ernstson and Christina Prell
2. Some basic structural characteristics of networks Christina Prell
3. Combining social network approaches with social theories to improve understanding of natural resource governance Beatrice Crona, Henrik Ernstson, Christina Prell, Mark Reed and Klaus Hubacek

Part II. Case Studies
4. Barriers and opportunities in transforming to sustainable governance: the role of key individuals Orjan Bodin and Beatrice Crona
5. Social network analysis for stakeholder selection Christina Prell, Mark Reed and Klaus Hubacek
6. Who and how: engaging well-connected fishers in social networks to improve fisheries management and conservation Saudiel Ramirez-Sanchez
7. The effects of social network ties on the public's satisfaction with forest management in British Columbia, Canada David Tindall, Howard Harshaw and J. M. Taylor
8. Social network models for natural resource use and extraction Ken Frank
9. Friends or neighbors? Subgroup heterogeneity and the importance of bonding and bridging ties in natural resource governance Beatrice Crona and Orjan Bodin
10. The role of individual attributes in the practice of information sharing among fishers from Loreto, BCS, Mexico Saudiel Ramirez-Sanchez
11. Transformative collective action: a network approach to transformative change in ecosystem-based management Henrik Ernstson
12. Social networks, joint image building and adaptability - the case of local fishery management Annica SandstrOm
13. Agrarian communication networks: consequences for agroforestry Marney Isaac and Evans Dawoe

Part III. Summary and Outlook
14. Social network analysis in natural resource governance - summary and outlook Orjan Bodin and Christina Prell


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Orjan Bodin is a researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, Sweden. He is particularly interested in using network analysis to study various aspects of ecosystems governance.

Christina Prell is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She uses mixed methods to explore the role that social networks play in different research contexts.

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