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Community-based protest against construction projects: a case study of movement continuity


  • Melissa Teo
  • Martin Loosemore


Community-based activism against proposed construction projects is growing. Many protests are poorly managed and escalate into long-term and sometimes acrimonious disputes which damage communities, firms and the construction industry as a whole. Using a thematic storytelling approach which draws on ethnographic method, within a single case study framework, new insights into the social forces that shape and sustain community-based protest against construction projects are provided. A conceptual model of protest movement continuity is presented which highlights the factors that sustain protest continuity over time. The model illustrates how social contagion leads to common community perceptions of development risk and opportunity, to a positive internalization of collective values and identity, to a strategic utilization of social capital and an awareness of the need to manage the emotional dynamics of protest through mechanisms such as symbolic artefacts.

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  • Melissa Teo & Martin Loosemore, 2011. "Community-based protest against construction projects: a case study of movement continuity," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(2), pages 131-144.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:29:y:2011:i:2:p:131-144
    DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2010.535545

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