Facility Siting: Risk, Power and Identity in Land Use Planning

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Earthscan, 2013 - Business & Economics - 255 pages
From dams to landfill sites, and power plants to radioactive waste repositories, the siting of facilities is a veritable minefield of conflicts involving industry, planners, authorities, NGOs and citizens. This penetrating volume examines risk, power and identity in contests over the siting of infrastructure and industrial facilities. Going beyond nimby-ism, experts in a variety of fields bring a multiperspective analysis from science, law and media to case studies from the UK, USA and Europe, and expose the political and cultural dimensions of siting conflicts. In the process they show how place attachment and notions of landscape and local identity play a prominent role in resistance to 'development'. Topics covered include the importance of context in siting controversies, siting methods and social representation, siting conflicts, the importance of institutional thinking in facility siting, risk, industrial encroachment and the sense of place, siting and sacred places, and law and fairness. This book is essential reading for academics in social sciences, policy, planning, law and risk; policy makers, planners and decision makers at all levels of government; business and industry, particularly energy generation, including nuclear and renewables, transportation and large dams; risk assessment professionals; and NGOs and activists.
 

Contents

The Case
1
Where Does it Go? Siting Methods and Social Representations
21
The Case
44
Minor Risks and Olfactory Sensibilities
73
Industrial Encroachment
90
Landscape Redefined in
107
Hoover Dam Bridge Impacts on American
127
A Case from the Aragonese
144
Schismogenesis in a Swedish Case of Railway Planning
160
Law and Fairness
177
References
200
Index
224
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