publication . Doctoral thesis . 2011

Power in Transition: Empowering Discourses on Sustainability Transitions

Avelino, Flor;
Open Access English
  • Published: 09 Dec 2011
  • Publisher: Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Country: Netherlands
Abstract
textabstractThis is a book about power and transformative change. It explores how groups of people who are trying to transform the mobility system are affected by notions of change and power, and how they deal with the dilemmas of power. Academic literature on power and transitions offers concepts to grasp phenomena in practice. And visa versa, observing these practices allows us to gain new understanding of power in relation to transformative change. More specifically, this book is about power in relation to transition studies, a new research field which has the ambition to both understand and foster societal transformation. It is also about the role of power i...
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free text keywords: empowerment, power, sustainability, transitions
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2.1. EPISTEMOLOGICAL POSITIONING: DECONSTRUCTION AND RECONSTRUCTION .....16  2.1.1. Complexity, postmodernism and deconstruction.............................................16  2.1.2. Deconstructing deconstructive discourses on transition management ...........18  2.1.3. Beyond deconstruction and beyond 'is' versus 'ought' ....................................21 

2.2. OVERALL RESEARCH DESIGN ....................................................................................22  2.2.1. An explorative research design oriented to sustainability research ................22  2.2.2. Interpretative research: thick description, reflexivity, triangulation................24  2.2.3. Consecutive and parallel research steps in relation to research questions......27 

2.3. DATA‐COLLECTION AND CASE‐SELECTION ...............................................................29  2.3.1. Ethnography, phenomenology and fieldnotes .................................................29  2.3.2. Action research ................................................................................................32  2.3.3. Participant observation, document reviews and interviews ............................33  2.3.4. Selection of cases .............................................................................................34 

2.4. DATA‐ANALYSIS........................................................................................................37  2.4.1. Developing & operationalizing conceptual power framework ........................37  2.4.2. Discourse analysis, deconstruction and narrative analysis ..............................38  2.4.3. Empirical chapters versus intermezzos ............................................................39 

2.5. THEORIZING AND INSTRUMENTALIZING POWER IN TRANSITION............................40 

CHAPTER 3. BEYOND THE STATE‐OF‐THE‐ART: RECONCEPTUALIZING POWER ...............43 

3.1. STATE‐OF‐THE‐ART: TRANSITION STUDIES AND POWER..........................................44  3.1.1. System innovations and sustainability transitions...........................................44  3.1.2. Analyzing transitions: multi‐level, multi‐phase, multi‐pattern frameworks ....45  3.1.3. Transition management...................................................................................48  3.1.4. Power in the transitions literature ...................................................................49  3.1.5. The socio‐technical perspective on power .......................................................50  3.1.6. Systems perspective on power.........................................................................52  3.1.7. Transition management perspective on power and empowerment................54  3.1.8. Governance perspective on power...................................................................54  3.1.9. Remaining challenges for conceptualizing power in transition studies ...........56 

A.1. DUTCH TRANSITION DISCOURSE AND SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY ..............................92 

A.2. EMERGING DISCOURSES ON PRICING POLICIES .......................................................94 

A.3. POWER AND POWERLESSNESS IN PREVAILING TRANSPORT DISCOURSES ..............96 

A.4. THE POWER OF TRANSITION DISCOURSE AS BOUNDARY WORK .............................99  A.4.1. The multi‐interpretability of transition discourse ............................................99  A.4.2. Transition discourse as boundary work .........................................................100  A.4.3. Transition as a boundary concept..................................................................102  A.4.4. Transition discourse: Newspeak or Doublethink?..........................................103 

A.5.POSITIONING THE CASES IN THE EMERGING TRANSITION DISCOURSES ................105 

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