Within the field of climate change adaptation research, “stories” are
usually simply mined for data, developed as communication and engagement
technologies, and used to envision different futures. But there are other ways
of understanding people’s narratives. This article explores how we can move
away from understanding stories as cultural constructs that represent a reality
and toward understanding them as the way in which adaptation is lived. The
article investigates questions such as the following: As climate adaptation
researchers, what can and should we do when we are told unsolicited stories?
How can storytelling, as a way of life rather than as a source of data, inform
and elaborate scientific approaches to adaptation research and planning? In
this article, I move away from the literature that seeks to develop narrative
methods in adaptation science. Instead, I focus on stories that we do not elicit
and the world-making practice of storytelling.
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