Opportunity or Threat: Dissecting Tensions in a Post-carbon Rural Transition

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dc.contributor.author Lennon, Mick
dc.contributor.author Scott, Mark J.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-08-22T15:38:38Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-06T01:00:10Z
dc.date.copyright 2015 the Authors and European Society for Rural Sociology en
dc.date.issued 2015-10-06
dc.identifier.citation Sociologia Ruralis en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7817
dc.description.abstract The deployment of renewable energy technologies represents a highly visible and contested indicator of rural change in terms of the function and appearance of rural places. In this article, we examine how notions of rurality and place intersect with macro-level objectives for reducing carbon emissions, and how competing storylines underpin opposing and supporting coalitions in the deployment of wind energy projects. The article explores a series of recent controversial proposals for mega-wind energy projects in the Irish midlands driven by energy companies seeking to take advantage of an Irish-UK intergovernmental agreement to export green energy from Ireland to assist the UK in meeting its renewable energy targets. To examine these issues we develop and apply an interpretive approach to policy analysis inspired by the work of Laclau and Mouffe on the role of signifiers, antagonistic narratives and the constitutive outside. We identify how opposing and supporting discourses talk 'past one another' by framing narratives through different spatial referents (national versus local) and competing conceptualisation of the rural 'resource'. This inhibits the potential to imagine alternative post-carbon rural trajectories. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Wiley en
dc.rights This is the author's version of the following article: Mick Lennon and Mark Scott (2015) "Opportunity or Threat: Dissecting Tensions in a Post-carbon Rural Transition" Sociologia Ruralis, 57(1): 87-109 which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/soru.12106 en
dc.subject Post-carbon en
dc.subject Energy en
dc.subject Discourse en
dc.subject Disagreement en
dc.subject Windfarm en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.title Opportunity or Threat: Dissecting Tensions in a Post-carbon Rural Transition en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.authorcontactother michael.lennon@ucd.ie
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 57
dc.identifier.issue 1
dc.identifier.startpage 87
dc.identifier.endpage 109
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/soru.12106
dc.neeo.contributor Lennon|Mick|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Scott|Mark J.|aut|
dc.internal.rmsid 507975261
dc.date.updated 2016-04-15T15:46:07Z

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