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Moving and Mooring in Climatic Times: A Capability Approach
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. (SMED)
2010 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The main aim of this paper is to introduce a discussion about mobility as a climate capability and as a framing of a creative discussion of climate change justice in the context of the capabilities approach and mobility. The main question is: What does it mean to be mobile in climatic times?The paper focuses on mobility as climate capability and relays reflections presented in a special issue of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities on mobility and development (2010). The concept of holistic mobility is introduced and placed in a climate change context drawing on capabilities research on mobility and on mobilities research with special reference to the so-called mobilities paradigm in social science and the humanities.Mobility is generally considered one of several human capabilities and it is here suggested that climate change research could benefit from embracing a complex concept of mobility rather than what is offered in the literature at present. For example, the mobility as migration concept often overemphasises the moving aspects of mobility whilst underemphasising mobility’s mooring aspects. Further, it tends to focus on one of several mobilities, i.e. geographical or mobility, with the risk of leaving other, interrelated, social and existential mobilities out of sight, out of mind.The paper interrelates the fields of climate change vulnerability, capabilities and mobility thus links social justice to the ability to be moving and mooring in climatic times.

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mobility, holistic mobility, climate change, vulnerability, capability, adaptation
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-134917OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-134917DiVA: diva2:374061
ESF Research Conferences ESF-ZiF-Bielefeld Conference Environmental Change and Migration: From Vulnerabilities to Capabilities
Climate Capabilities
Available from: 2010-12-02 Created: 2010-12-02 Last updated: 2013-11-04Bibliographically approved

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