Deliberation and actor-networks: the "practical" implications of social theory for the assessment of large dams and other interventions

Lockie, Stewart (2007) Deliberation and actor-networks: the "practical" implications of social theory for the assessment of large dams and other interventions. Society and Natural Resources, 20 (9). pp. 785-799.

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Abstract

This article reviews the potential contribution of deliberative theory and actor-network theory to the practice of social impact assessment (SIA). With reference to a case study of the World Commission on Dams, it argues for an approach to SIA that goes beyond documenting social change and that (1) targets consensus building among those impacted by planned interventions as a basic starting point for social scientific investigation; (2) places greater emphasis on the ways in which peoples' values, aspirations, perceived interests, and political coalitions change throughout the life of a proposal and shape their experience of project outcomes; (3) seeks to unravel the often unstated assumptions about who and what is important that are built into social data and stakeholder representative structures; and (4) challenges the separation of the "social" and the "natural" by fostering a more productive engagement between scientific and lay knowledges about the processes and impacts of change.

Item ID: 30808
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: actor-network theory, deliberative theory, social impact assessment, World Commission on Dams
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This article has been re-printed as: Lockie, Stewart (2014) Deliberation and actor-networks: the "practical" implications of social theory for the assessment of large dams and other inventions. In: Vanclay, Frank (ed.) Developments in Social Impact Assessment. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 263-277. ISBN: 978-1-78254-719-8. http://www.e-elgar.co.uk/bookentry_main.lasso?currency=US&id=15426

ISSN: 1521-0723
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2015 02:55
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960705 Rural Land Policy @ 20%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection @ 30%
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