PROMOTING ACCESS TO AFRICAN RESEARCH

Southern African Journal of Environmental Education

Log in or Register to get access to full text downloads.

Remember me or Register



Think Piece: Reflections on the individual-collective relation in change agency formation in the Samso Renewable Energy Island (REI) project

Monica Carlsson

Abstract


This think piece offers reflections on change agency formation in the Renewable Energy Island (REI) project on Samso, initated by reflections following a field visit to the Island in June 2016. Both individual and collective agency are set out as central for the processes leading to the change in the REI project, spurring reflections on individual-collective agency dimensions in change agency formation related to climate change issues, inspired by notions of participation in everyday life (Micheletti 2002; 2010; Marres 2011). The think piece furthermore focuses on an exploration of two different formats of knowledge sharing in the learning processes leading to change on Samso - ‘neighborly visits’ and web-based documentation, emphasizing the role of knowledge in educational responses to climate change. Drawing on Jamison’s notion on the making of green knowledge in the tension between environmental politics and cultural transformation (Jamison 2001; 2010), the think piece suggests that the REI project can be characterized by taking both an adaptive approach and by social resilient development.


References


Jamison, A. (2001) The making of green knowledge. Cambridge.

Jamison, A. (2010) Climate change knowledge, and social movement theory, Climate Change, 1:810-823.

Kingsley, P. (2012) Windfarms: Is Community Ownership the Way Ahead? The Guardian, November 5 2012, http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/nov/05/windfarms-community-

ownership (accessed August 10 2015).

Kristensen (2015) Samsø Project - Past, present and future, ppt presentation at http://arkiv.energiinstituttet.dk/589/

Marres. N. (2011) The cost of public involvement: everyday devices of carbon accounting and the materialization of participation. Economy and Society, 40:4:510-533,

Maton, K. (2013) Knowledge and knowledge, towards a realist sociology of education.

https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=5XS_AAAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&hl=en&pg=GBS.PT27.w.2.0.67

Micheletti, M. (2002) Individualized collective action.

Micheletti, M. (2006) Communication and political understanding as political participation. In State of welfare a: politics, policies and parties in the post national welfare society. (eds)

http://www.statsvet.su.se/polopoly_fs/1.133039.1366808279!/menu/standard/file/micheletti_communication_and_political_understanding_as_political_participation.pdf

Mische, A. (2011) Relational Sociology, Culture, and Agency, (Forthcoming in the Sage Handbook of Social Network Analysis, edited by John Scott and Peter Carrington, Sage 2011)

Obrist et al (2010)

Papuzi (2016)

Stirling, A. (2008) Opening up and closing down. Power, participation and the pluralism in the social appraisal of technology, Science, Technology & Human Values, vol. 33 (2): 262-294.






Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
AJOL African Journals Online