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Why resilience is unappealing to social science: Theoretical and empirical investigations of the scientific use of resilience

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Science Advances  22 May 2015:
Vol. 1, no. 4, e1400217
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1400217
  • Fig. 1 Number of articles, 2001–2013, containing “resilience” and (Boolean “AND”) combinations of “ecological” and “system” in the 10 highest-ranked journals (ISI) in seven relevant scientific disciplines or fields.

    Data file S1 contains a complete list of data.

  • Table 1 Typology of resilience definitions in ecology and social-ecological systems thinking.
    MeaningsAttributes
    Descriptive—
    neutral (N)
    Prescriptive—
    good (G)
    Bounce backBB-NBB-G
    (2) Holling, 1973.
    Resilience and
    stability of ecological
    systems.
    (3) Perrings, 1998.
    Introduction:
    Resilience and
    sustainable
    development.
    Bounce back
    and transform
    BB-T-NBB-T-G
    (16) Walker et al., 2006.
    A handful of heuristics
    and some propositions
    for understanding
    resilience in
    social-ecological
    systems.
    (20) Folke et al., 2010.
    Resilience thinking:
    Integrating resilience,
    adaptability and
    transformability.
  • Table 2 Articles, since 2001, containing the term “resilience” AND (Boolean) various related terms in the 10 highest-ranked journals (ISI) in each of the three scientific disciplines/fields where resilience appears most frequently.

    Source: ISI Web of Science: 1 May 2014.

    EcologyResilience,
    ecological
    (%)
    Resilience,
    system
    (%)
    Resilience,
    social,
    ecological,
    system (%)
    Environmental
    studies
    Resilience,
    ecological
    (%)
    Resilience,
    system
    (%)
    Resilience,
    social,
    ecological,
    system (%)
    GeographyResilience,
    ecological
    (%)
    Resilience,
    system
    (%)
    Resilience,
    social,
    ecological,
    system (%)
    Ecology Letters161215Nature Climate Change110Global Environmental Change808382
    Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics110Annual Review of Environmental Resources122Progress in Human Geography545
    Trends in Ecology and Evolution101025Review of Environmental Economics and Policy000Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers423
    Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment222455Global Environmental Change161916Economic Geography000
    Ecological Monographs450Journal of Environmental Economics and Management110Journal of Economic Geography010
    The ISME Journal220Energy Journal000Antipode100
    Global Ecology and Biogeography120Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change111Political Geography000
    Global Change Biology17150Global Environmental Politics101Global Networks000
    Ecology21200Ecology and Society686674Environmental and Planning D: Society and Space000
    American Naturalist685Ecological Economics11957Geoforum111010
    Total no.1399720408436319849962

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    Data file S1 (Microsoft Excel format). Complete list of journals used in the bibliometric analysis including the number of articles for each combination of search terms.

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