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The role of gender and framing in shaping community activists' perceptions of environmental risks

Teo, Melissa (2011) The role of gender and framing in shaping community activists' perceptions of environmental risks. In Yigitcanlar, Tan & Fachinelli, Cristina (Eds.) Proceedings of the 4th Knowledge Cities World Summit, The World Capital Institute and Ibero-American Community for Knowledge Systems, Brazil, pp. 371-378.

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Abstract

campaign to oppose projects proposed in their local community. The social constructionist perspective advocates that these motivations are driven by activists’ interpretation of reality, such that activists will assign multiple meanings to and frame environmental issues in a way that reflects their view of reality. Past research suggest that these are also influenced by patterns of shared meaning and interpretation that develop over time in protest movements that shape activists’ perceptions of the environmental risks and impacts associated with construction activity. This paper explores the role of gender distinctions in shaping perceptions of environmental risk and how this affects their framing of the environmental, social, cultural/ historical impacts associated with a construction project. Using Snow and Benford’s (1988) 3-prong analytical tool for framing: diagnostic framing, prognostic framing and motivational framing, this paper presents findings from the content analysis of in-depth interviews of 24 activists protesting against a highly controversial housing project in the greater Sydney metropolitan area. The research adopts a single case study approach, and is particularly significant as it investigates an extensive and on-going community-based protest campaign (dating back almost 20 years) that has generated the longest standing 24-hour community picket in Australia.

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ID Code: 47001
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Community, Construction, Gender, Risk Perceptions, Projects, Protest
ISBN: 978-1-921887-15-3
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building not elsewhere classified (120299)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The World Capital Institute and Ibero-American Community for Knowledge Systems
Deposited On: 14 Nov 2011 15:50
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2012 00:21

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