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‘An array of deficits: Unpacking NIMBY discourses in wind energy proponents’ conceptualisations of their local opponents’

Burningham, KA, Barnett, J and Walker, G (2014) ‘An array of deficits: Unpacking NIMBY discourses in wind energy proponents’ conceptualisations of their local opponents’ Society and Natural Resources.

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Abstract

UK energy policy contains ambitious goals for increased deployment of renewable energy technologies (RETs), but concern remains about the potential of local opposition to obstruct proposed developments. Despite emerging academic consensus that characterizing opposition to RET siting as NIMBYism is problematic, the discourse remains strong in popular debate. This article responds to calls for sociological research on both ascriptions of NIMBYism and the use of deficit models. Through an analysis of interviews with key actors in the renewable energy industry, we explore the ways in which a discourse of NIMBYism is evident in their descriptions of local wind farm opponents. We conceptualize this discourse as embodying an array of deficit models of the public and public knowledge. This is significant not only because developers' constructions of publics inform their modes of engagement with them, but also because they may influence public responses themselves.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Burningham, KAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Barnett, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Walker, GUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 15 September 2014
Identification Number : 10.1080/08941920.2014.933923
Uncontrolled Keywords : deficit models, NIMBY, Renewable energy technology, siting disputes, wind farms
Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Society and Natural Resources on 15 September 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/08941920.2014.933923
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Nov 2014 11:56
Last Modified : 15 Mar 2016 02:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/806749

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