The role of human agency in environmental change and mobility: a case study of environmental migration in Southeast Philippines

Type

Journal Article

Author(s)

Ransan-Cooper, H.

Title

The role of human agency in environmental change and mobility: a case study of environmental migration in Southeast Philippines

Year

2016

Journal

Environmental Sociology

Vol (No), pp

2(2), 132-143

Abstract

There has been significant progress made recently in conceptualizing the relationship between environmental change and mobility, particularly in highlighting its contextual and multidimensional nature. Yet there is still a need to broaden and deepen the range of conceptual tools for researchers interested in the relationship between environmental change and mobility. In particular, there remains a need for concepts that allow greater analytical elaboration of the less calculative dimension of migration decision-making. This paper explores the relationships between human mobility and environmental change through a case study of Albay Province in Southeast Luzon, Philippines. It seeks to open the black box of agency in studies of environmental migration by drawing, specifically, on theories of social practice, identity and affect (i.e. embodied emotion). Within a context of deagrarianization, the paper analyses how inhabitants of rural Albay continue to see migration as a necessary, yet often painful part of everyday life that they must actively manage. The social practices lens reveals how mobility is both integrated into a range of embodied habitual patterns of behaviour rooted in the past, but is also a novel practice developed as a response to changing environments, particularly relating to increasing livelihood risks.

Citation

Ransan-Cooper, H. (2016). “The role of human agency in environmental change and mobility: a case study of environmental migration in Southeast Philippines.” Environmental Sociology 2(2): 132-143. URL : http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23251042.2016.1144405

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