Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Creating and sustaining environmental networks (journal)

What’s the story? Creating and sustaining environmental networks

Networks have been embraced as appropriate means for environmental governance because of their inclusivity, flexibility, resilience, and ability to comprehend multiple values. Analysis of networks, however, falls short of accounting for the emergence and persistence of these innovative and complex modes of governance. This article offers a framework for using narrative to understand and evaluate networks. Using a case study of the development of alternative agriculture in the United States, we provide a methodology for investigating ‘narrative-networks’ that affords deeper explanations of how and why emergent, often informal and unlikely, environmental networks endure over time.

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