Developing adaptive responses to contextual changes for sustainable agricultural management: The role of social capital in the Arborea district (Sardinia, Italy)

Ruiu, Maria, Seddaiu, Giovanna and Roggero, Pier Paolo (2017) Developing adaptive responses to contextual changes for sustainable agricultural management: The role of social capital in the Arborea district (Sardinia, Italy). Journal of Rural Studies, 49. pp. 162-170. ISSN 0743-0167

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.11.017

Abstract

This article investigates the role played by social capital (in terms of bonding, bridging and linking social capital) in developing adaptive responses to contextual changes (environmental, social and economic) at the local scale. Three questions guided the research: can social capital produce resilience and collective action? Could environmental barriers be turned into opportunities? Can social capital contribute to long-term adaptation to change? Results obtained from a qualitative research conducted in the Arborea district (Sardinia, Italy) show how collective actions to adapt to contextual changes are both results and generators of robust social capital. On the one hand, social capital contributes towards increasing resilience by generating collective responses to contextual changes without compromising the structural functions of the system; on the other hand, the lack of a clear regulatory framework for facilitating the development of local collective adaptive responses, depresses foresight strategies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arborea district; Social capital; Collective actions; Rural governance; “win win” adaptation strategies
Subjects: D700 Agricultural Sciences
L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2017 09:13
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 12:39
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/28955

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