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Record number 501566
Title Hydraulic fracturing, energy transition and political engagement in the Netherlands : The energetics of citizenship
Author(s) Rasch, Elisabet Dueholm; Köhne, Michiel
Source Energy Research & Social Science 13 (2016). - ISSN 2214-6296 - p. 106 - 115.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2015.12.014
Department(s) Sociology of Development and Change
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Citizenship - Energy transition - Hydraulic fracturing - Resistance
Abstract

This paper analyses how citizens (re)define their relation to the state in the contestation of hydraulic fracturing in the Noordoostpolder (the Netherlands) in the context of energy transition. It approaches citizenship as the negotiations between governments and citizens about in-and exclusion in decision-making processes and argues that these are also produced at the site of energy transition. It focuses on how residents of the Noordoostpolder construct their citizenship, resisting the advent of fracking in their environment while at the same time negotiating their own inclusion in decision-making processes. Our ethnographic material encompasses almost a year of these negotiations starting shortly after the announcement of the Noordoostpolder as a site for exploratory drilling, when people feel highly disempowered and excluded. We closely follow a process of gradual empowerment in the face of energy transition as inhabitants start to produce their own knowledge base and coalesce into unusual partnerships to negotiate their inclusion. Our main argument is that negotiations about hydraulic fracturing in relation to energy transition goes beyond energy issues. It is also -if not mostly -about who gets to decide on energy and land use.

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