ANT Perspective on Wind Power Planning and Social Acceptance—A Call for Interdisciplinarity

Julia Kirch Kirkegaard*, Sophie Nyborg

*Corresponding author for this work

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The aim of this chapter is to use the actor-network theory (ANT) lens to examine how socio-material conditions shape the deployment of, and controversies around, renewable energy technologies (RET). We use the ANT lens to unpack the construction of otherwise black-boxed 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’. By tracing the socio-material work required to assemble the three concepts, we reveal the underlying and often overlooked politics of black-boxed concepts. Illuminating the merits of utilising the relational and symmetrical socio-material ANT lens, we call for cross-fertilisation between the SA literature and ANT in order to address a much wider set of critical research questions in the SA literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA critical approach to the social acceptance of renewable energy infrastructures: Going beyond green growth and sustainability
EditorsSusana Batel , David Rudolph
Number of pages17
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-73698-9, 978-3-030-73701-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-73699-6
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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