‘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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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.
|Divisions :||Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology|
|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|
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