The aim of this chapter is to use the actor-network theory (ANT) lens to critically examine how socio-material conditions shape the implementation and deployment of renewable energy, and controversies around them. We utilize this lens to unpack the assembling and construction of otherwise black boxed, taken-for-granted concepts within the social acceptance (SA) literature. We do so through three empirical snapshots, inquiring into the black boxed constructs of ‘landscapes’, ‘resources’ and ‘stakeholders’. Tracing the socio-material work and devices necessary to assemble the three concepts enables us to explain the resulting contestation that may otherwise not be ‘seen’ or understood, revealing the underlying politics of framings/black boxed concepts. Illuminating the merits of utilizing a relational and symmetrical socio-material ANT-lens, we end by calling for cross-fertilisation between the SA literature and ANT in order to address a much wider set of critical research questions in the literature.
|Title of host publication||A critical approach to the social acceptance of renewable energy infrastructures. Going beyond green growth and sustainability|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2021|