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Underlying Concerns in Land-Use Conflicts: The role of Place- Identity in Risk Perception
Örebro University, Department of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4671-758X
2004 (English)In: Environmental Science and Policy, ISSN 1462-9011, E-ISSN 1873-6416, Vol. 7, no 2, 109-116 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the last few years, debates over proposed usage of land for high-risk ventures have caused some debate, both in the affected communities as well as among policy makers. It has been recognized by industry and government agencies that the opinion and concerns of the local population has to be considered in order to mediate or reduce conflicts. Usually these concerns tend to focus on issues of health and safety in relation to the risk presented by different projects. It is suggested in this paper that the discussion needs to be expanded, especially if the proposed project can alter the esthetic appearance of the landscape. It is argued in this paper that the local attachment to a specific geographical place, also referred to as place-identity, needs to be included in discussions concerning industrial risks. Research in environmental psychology has suggested that place-identity is vital to a person's identity and that. this can be seen through four principles. In this paper, suggestions are made on how these four aspects of identity can be affected in a negative way if changes are made to a landscape by the introduction of a high-risk and stigmatized industrial venture.

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2004. Vol. 7, no 2, 109-116 p.
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risk communication, risk perception, stigma, place-identity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-79150DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2003.12.001ISI: 000220767600004OAI: diva2:495172
QC 20120301Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2012-03-01Bibliographically approved

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