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dc.contributorVirginia Tech
dc.contributor.authorHirsh, R. F.
dc.contributor.authorSovacool, B. K.
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-18T16:35:11Z
dc.date.available2014-02-18T16:35:11Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationHirsh, R. F. & Sovacool, B. K. (2013). Wind Turbines and Invisible Technology: Unarticulated Reasons for Local Opposition to Wind Energy. Technology and Culture 54(4), 705-734. doi: 10.1353/tech.2013.0131
dc.identifier.issn0040-165X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/25478
dc.description.abstractLocal opposition to wind turbines stems from concerns about environmental and economic damage, as well as conflicts between rural and urban residents. This essay goes beyond these considerations to explore the often-unarticulated explanations for animosity toward this energy technology. Originally, it posits that opposition to visually obvious turbines arises from the successful history of an electric utility system that made its product largely invisible in its manufacture and physical manifestation. The existence of conspicuous turbines, however, reminds observers that power generation requires difficult choices in a technology-based society. The system's previous achievement in hiding infrastructural elements, in other words, sometimes works ironically to spur objections to wind turbines. Receiving little historical study, the concealed features of a system's infrastructure often influence assessments of technologies. By revealing the previously invisible, this essay, which draws on research in history, landscape architecture, geography, and psychology, therefore provides insights for social scientists and policymakers.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherJohns Hopkins Univ Press
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjecthousehold electricity consumption
dc.subjectpower
dc.subjectenvironment
dc.subjectlandscapes
dc.subjectfeedback
dc.subjectareas
dc.subjectnimby
dc.titleWind Turbines and Invisible Technology Unarticulated Reasons for Local Opposition to Wind Energy
dc.typeArticle - Refereed
dc.identifier.urlhttp://muse.jhu.edu/journals/technology_and_culture/v054/54.4.hirsh.html
dc.date.accessed2014-01-31
dc.title.serialTechnology and Culture
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1353/tech.2013.0131


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