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Damming the flow: cultural barriers to perceived ‘procedural justice’ in Wonthaggi, Victoria

King, Tanya J. 2010, Damming the flow: cultural barriers to perceived ‘procedural justice’ in Wonthaggi, Victoria, Cultural studies review, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 119-130.

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Title Damming the flow: cultural barriers to perceived ‘procedural justice’ in Wonthaggi, Victoria
Author(s) King, Tanya J.
Journal name Cultural studies review
Volume number 16
Issue number 1
Start page 119
End page 130
Total pages 12
Publisher University of Technology, Sydney
Place of publication Broadway, N.S.W.
Publication date 2010-03
ISSN 1446-8123
1837-8692
Keyword(s) procedural justice
city vs. country
political histories
Summary  Drier conditions in Australia have compelled governments to implement projects such as the desalination plant in the South Gippsland town of Wonthaggi. The desalination plant is still under construction, but South Gippsland is already host to wind turbines and marine protected areas, reflecting public pressure to develop renewable energy sources and conserve resources. However, all projects have been met with vocal opposition. Using the desalination project as a case study, this paper will address public concerns about a perceived lack of procedural justice in implementing such projects. Drawing on data from a pilot survey of 320 residents, we argue that procedural shortcomings of the project include inattention to past political disputes in the region and to the culturally entrenched sense of division between city and country. Attention to political and cultural histories is vital to the successful and ethical implementation of projects in regional areas.
Language eng
Field of Research 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Socio Economic Objective 960706 Rural Water Policy
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Tanya J. King
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041032

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