Community-based protest against construction projects : a case study of movement continuity

Teo, Melissa & Loosemore, Martin (2011) Community-based protest against construction projects : a case study of movement continuity. Construction Management and Economics, 29(2), pp. 131-144.

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Community-based activism against proposed construction projects is growing. Many protests are poorly managed and escalate into long-term and sometimes acrimonious disputes which damage communities, firms and the construction industry as a whole. Using a thematic storytelling approach which draws on ethnographic method, within a single case study framework, new insights into the social forces that shape and sustain community-based protest against construction projects are provided. A conceptual model of protest movement continuity is presented which highlights the factors that sustain protest continuity over time. The model illustrates how social contagion leads to common community perceptions of development risk and opportunity, to a positive internalization of collective values and identity, to a strategic utilization of social capital and an awareness of the need to manage the emotional dynamics of protest through mechanisms such as symbolic artefacts.

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ID Code: 43915
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Protest, Construction Project, Community Relations, Contagion, Social Networks
DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2010.535545
ISSN: 0144-6193
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [Construction Management and Economics, 29(2), pp.131-144]. [Construction Management and Economics] is available online at informaworld.
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2011 00:06
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2012 13:56

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