A Tale of ‘Fat Cats’ and ‘Stupid Activists’: Contested Values, Governance and Reflexivity in the Brno Railway Station Controversy

Durnova, Anna ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5789-1850 (2018) A Tale of ‘Fat Cats’ and ‘Stupid Activists’: Contested Values, Governance and Reflexivity in the Brno Railway Station Controversy. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 20 (6), pp. 735-751.

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The article explores one of the biggest controversies over sustainability in modern Czech history, a protracted conflict over whether the Brno railway station should be re-built in a new location. By examining the language of the interaction between a ‘modernizing discourse’ and a ‘sustainability discourse’, the article highlights reflexivity as analytic enterprise that bares the governance dimension of policy conflicts. The reflexive analysis focuses on how actors justify their positions, how they distinguish themselves from their opponents and how they express trust in their own group. It reveals that both discourses are not only related to the re-location issue per se, but that they entail contested notions of legitimate knowledge and modes of governance. Since such power contest is common in sustainability controversies, the reflexive analysis suggests a novel analytical agenda for addressing policy conflicts in sustainability issues.

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Keywords: Brno railway station; Czech Republic; discourse; French discourse linguistics; participation; reflexivity
Research Units: Techno-Science and Societal Transformation
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2018 09:47
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2018 09:47
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2013.829749
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/4614

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