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|Title: ||Contesting the new irrational actor model: a case study of mobile phone mast protest|
|Authors: ||Law, Alex|
|Affiliation: ||University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences|
|Issue Date: ||Jun-2007|
|Publisher: ||SAGE Publications|
|Type: ||Journal Article|
|Rights: ||Published version (c)SAGE Publications, available from DOI: 10.1177/0038038507076616|
|Citation: ||Law, A. and McNeish, W. 2007. Contesting the new irrational actor model: a case study of mobile phone mast protest. Sociology. 41(3): pp.439-456. Available from DOI: 10.1177/0038038507076616|
|Abstract: ||Public opposition to the siting of telecommunications masts tends to focus on perceived
health risks, yet scientific evidence suggests that mobile handsets may constitute
more of a risk. This paradox is usually explained in terms of cognitive or
communication deficit models that contain an implicit thesis of protest actor irrationality.
Recent authors (e.g. Burgess, 2002, 2004;Taverne, 2005) have, however,
been more explicit in arguing that such protests are an irrational reaction to media
constructed fears and state mismanagement of techno-infrastructure modernization.
Together these approaches form what we call the ‘New Irrational Actor
Model’. Drawing on insights from social movements theory and data from a
12-month case study of the campaign against Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA)
telecommunications masts in north-east Fife, we argue that contrary to the ‘New
Irrational Actor Model’, the anti-mast protesters utilize multi-form modes of substantive and instrumental rational action.|
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