The role of core protest group members in sustaining protest against controversial construction and engineering projects

Teo, Melissa & Loosemore, Martin (2014) The role of core protest group members in sustaining protest against controversial construction and engineering projects. Habitat International, 44, pp. 41-49.

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Abstract

Community-based protests against major construction and engineering projects are becoming increasingly common as concerns over issues such as corporate social accountability, climate change and corruption become more prominent in the public's mind. Public perceptions of risk associated with these projects can have a contagious effect, which mismanaged can escalate into long-term and sometimes acrimonious protest stand-offs that have negative implications for the community, firms involved and the construction industry as a whole. This paper investigates the role of core group members in sustaining community-based protest against construction and engineering projects. Using a thematic story telling approach which draws on ethnographic method and social contagion theories, it presents an in-depth analysis of a single case study - one of Australia's longest standing community protests against a construction project. It concludes that core group members play a critical role, within anarchic structures which provide a high degree of spontaneity and improvisation, in sustaining movement continuity by building collective identity, mobilising resources and a moving interface which developers find hard to communicate with.

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ID Code: 72874
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Protest, Continuity, Community, Social Contagion, Social Networks, Collective Action
DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2014.04.005
ISSN: 0197-3975
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Habitat International. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Habitat International, [VOL 44 (2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2014.04.005
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2014 22:12
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2015 11:22

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