Historical analogies as tools in understanding transformation

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dc.contributor.author Parsons, Meg en
dc.contributor.author Nalau, J en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-02T03:07:44Z en
dc.date.issued 2016-05 en
dc.identifier.citation Global Environmental Change 38:82-96 May 201 en
dc.identifier.issn 0959-3780 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34697 en
dc.description.abstract Historical analogies of environmental change and stress are a well-established method of examining vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. In our view historical analogies of social transformations can similarly illuminate what factors are conducive to transformation. In this paper we draw on the historical example of the environmental transformation of Aotearoa New Zealand from predominately woodlands into farmlands; a transformation which was inextricably linked with the social transformation of indigenous Māori society following European colonisation. The Aotearoa New Zealand case study illustrates how both incidental and purposeful transformations can be instigated by small groups of committed individuals working in formal or informal networks, but can also be imposed by outside experts who instituted widespread changes under notions of progress and improvement without local support or consent. Such transformations involved widespread changes to Indigenous governance regimes, agricultural systems, production and consumption patterns, lifestyles, values and worldviews, and inevitably involved both beneficial and negative outcomes for local peoples. We argue that thinking historically about transformational change provides an opportunity to assess the processes that shape both vulnerability and resilience, and the circumstances under which transformational change occurs, as well as the potential dangers of irreversible changes. en
dc.publisher Elsevier BV en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Global Environmental Change en
dc.rights Items in ResearchSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Previously published items are made available in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Details obtained from http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0959-3780/ en
dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title Historical analogies as tools in understanding transformation en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.01.010 en
pubs.begin-page 82 en
pubs.volume 38 en
dc.description.version Preprint en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Elsevier BV en
pubs.end-page 96 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 530698 en
pubs.org-id Science en
pubs.org-id School of Environment en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-08-02 en


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