Emotions in communicative practices: Legitimation and De-legitimation in Environmental Conflicts in the Netherlands and Sweden

Elin Ångman, A.E. Buijs, Irma Arts, Hanna Ljunggren Bergeå* (Editor), G.M. Verschoor

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Abstract

This chapter moves beyond the debate between deliberative and agonistic approaches to natural resource management (NRM) conflict to investigate the mostly hidden process of the de-legitimation of emotions in communication and decision-making. It explores how expressions of emotions were managed in two cases and discusses the consequences of this for the construction of community as well as for the opportunities for deliberation and participation. Research on environmental decision-making displays how difficult it is for decision-making-bodies to listen to and incorporate the values and emotions relative to nature that stakeholders express. Such a focus on the rationality and scientification of nature has been inherent in the Western world from the rise of modernity. The chapter draws from the experiences of two different cases; one from the Netherlands and one from Sweden. Deliberative democracy theory has been criticized for its focus on the forming of consensus and for neglecting the conflictual dimension of the political process.

This chapter moves beyond the debate between deliberative and agonistic approaches to natural resource management (NRM) conflict to investigate the mostly hidden process of the de-legitimation of emotions in communication and decision-making. It explores how expressions of emotions were managed in two cases and discusses the consequences of this for the construction of community as well as for the opportunities for deliberation and participation. Research on environmental decision-making displays how difficult it is for decision-making-bodies to listen to and incorporate the values and emotions relative to nature that stakeholders express. Such a focus on the rationality and scientification of nature has been inherent in the Western world from the rise of modernity. The chapter draws from the experiences of two different cases; one from the Netherlands and one from Sweden. Deliberative democracy theory has been criticized for its focus on the forming of consensus and for neglecting the conflictual dimension of the political process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Communication and Community
Subtitle of host publicationConstructive and destructive dynamics of social transformation
EditorsTarla Rei Peterson, Hanna Ljunggren Bergea, Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker, Kaisa Raitio
PublisherRoutledge / Earthscan
Chapter10
Pages184-203
ISBN (Electronic)9781315691176
ISBN (Print)9780815359210
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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