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Enough is enough: Emerging 'self-help' environmentalism in a petrochemical town

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Achim Schluter, Professor Peter Phillimore, Professor Suzanne Moffatt


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This paper analyses the emergence of recent activism in Grangemouth, Scotland's major petrochemical centre and an important BP site since 1924. Today this is a town in crisis. In a mood of growing pessimism and distrust, public doubts about the economic security and environmental safety of the town have provoked increasingly vocal local opposition to planning applications which would extend activity in chemicals while economic diversification is denied. The analysis starts by examining local interpretations of the new activism. The authors then move on to consider three alternative explanatory approaches: Douglas's analysis of 'risk positions'; the emerging 'environmental justice' perspective; and the distinction between 'siting' and 'exposure' in environmental controversies. All have explanatory limitations in this context, as public risk concerns are subsumed within rapidly changing judgements about the town's future prospects. © 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Schlüter A, Phillimore PR, Moffatt S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environmental Politics

Year: 2004

Volume: 13

Issue: 4

Pages: 715-733

Print publication date: 01/12/2004

ISSN (print): 0964-4016

ISSN (electronic): 1743-8934


DOI: 10.1080/0964401042000274313


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