“We're not NIMBYs!” Contrasting local protest groups with idealised conceptions of sustainable communities

  title={“We're not NIMBYs!” Contrasting local protest groups with idealised conceptions of sustainable communities},
  author={Katie. McClymont and Paul O’Hare},
  journal={Local Environment},
  pages={321 - 335}
Abstract The term “NIMBY” is used prolifically in both academic literature and general public discourse to describe a locally based action group protesting against a proposed development. It is frequently used to dismiss groups as selfish or ill-informed, as is illustrated both by those who accuse opponents of possessing such characteristics and also by the attempts of many community groups to reject the label. This lies in sharp contrast to the much encouraged notions of public participation… 

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  • N. Bertuzzi
  • Political Science
    American Behavioral Scientist
  • 2019
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