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Landscapes of threat: exploring discourses of stigma around large energy developments

Parkhill, Karen ORCID:, Butler, Catherine ORCID: and Pidgeon, Nicholas Frank ORCID: 2014. Landscapes of threat: exploring discourses of stigma around large energy developments. Landscape Research 39 (5) , pp. 566-582. 10.1080/01426397.2013.775232

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In UK policy, concerns about climate change, energy security and system renewal, combine to create an imperative for transitions in landscapes of energy production. Some of the energy developments that will be central in these transitions are imbued with historical associations of, for example, ‘risk and threat’, which have been asserted to potentially lead to the stigmatisation of place and people in place. This paper explores stigmatisation through an analysis of data from interviews across two case sites in close proximity to existing and proposed energy developments. We show how our participants engage with or resist the notion that they are dwelling in ‘landscapes of threat’ and argue that stigma is a multi-dimensional phenomenon that is differentially encountered and experienced even within similar areas. In concluding, we argue that whilst people may experience stigmatising effects, this does not necessarily lead to them feeling stigmatised.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Risk, place, sustainability, low carbon, climate change.
Additional Information: Special issue entitled 'Landscape and Living with Enviromental Change'
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0142-6397
Funders: Leverhulme Trust
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 10:04

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