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.
|Title of host publication||A critical approach to the social acceptance of renewable energy infrastructures: Going beyond green growth and sustainability|
|Editors||Susana Batel , David Rudolph|
|Number of pages||17|
|ISBN (Print)||978-3-030-73698-9, 978-3-030-73701-6|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|