Creating low-carbon neighbourhoods: a critical discourse analysis

Genus, Audley and Theobald, Kate (2016) Creating low-carbon neighbourhoods: a critical discourse analysis. European Urban and Regional Studies, 23 (4). pp. 782-797. ISSN 0969-7764

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0969776414546243

Abstract

A number of contributions have analysed or supported community or neighbourhood-level activities connected with the development of sustainable or low-carbon localities. The paper reports on a recently completed project (Newcastle Low Carbon Neighbourhoods). The paper aims to deepen understanding of problems relating to the creation of low-carbon neighbourhoods, focusing on competing discourses, which tend to marginalise residents. The paper shows that there is the potential to employ critical discourse analysis to probe the inclusivity or exclusivity of social and political actors and agenda, and the story sets, texts and practices capable of binding together, or keeping apart, individuals, groups and perspectives, and to examine the normative underpinnings of people’s behaviour and interpretations. The conclusions concern what we learn from the project regarding the role of language in multi-actor research and engagement and the promotion of low-carbon homes and neighbourhoods, which may be informative for the broader challenge of city-wide urban sustainability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical discourse analysis, engagement, low-carbon neighbourhoods, sustainable communities, urban sustainability
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > School of Law
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2016 10:37
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2016 11:01
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/28605

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