Digging up Trouble: The Environment Protest and Opencast Coal Mining

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Digging Up Trouble examines questions central to social science debates through a specific empirical scenario, focusing on the controversies surrounding open-cast mining (known in North America as "strip mining") in order to examine the complex relationships between environmental planning, political economy and local culture.

Contrasting the words and actions of local people, politicians, planners and industrialists in order to dramatize the different interests and perceptions ...

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Overview

Digging Up Trouble examines questions central to social science debates through a specific empirical scenario, focusing on the controversies surrounding open-cast mining (known in North America as "strip mining") in order to examine the complex relationships between environmental planning, political economy and local culture.

Contrasting the words and actions of local people, politicians, planners and industrialists in order to dramatize the different interests and perceptions which bear upon local planning decisions, this book examines the nature of knowledge, conflicts between the worlds of "common sense" and "expertise," and the manifestations of these problems in the context of political and economic decision-making. The debates illuminate questions of risk, environmental protest and new social movements, the public and the private, and economics and politics at the local level.

This original and detailed work invites a consideration of contemporary values, and of the significance of landscape and place in everyday life.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781854891136
  • Publisher: Rivers Oram Press/Pandora Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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