- Nimby as a self-fulfilling Construct: Local opposition in urban regeneration in Flanders    click here to open paper content200 kb
by    Coppens, Tom | tom.coppens@asro.kuleuven.ac.be   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
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This case study analyses in detail how local opposition to a strategic project originates and escalates. It critically examines the use of the NIMBY concept. Suggestions are made to cope with conflicts in strategic urban projects.
In this paper we investigate supposed NIMBY behaviour in strategic urban projects. First, we review the literature on NIMBY theory and its critiques. Next we present an in depth analysis and a detailed description of the causes and the development of an ongoing conflict in a Flemish case between inhabitants and the project partners. We conclude that the NIMBY framework is not equipped to handle the full complexity of the emergence and evolution of local opposition. However, the NIMBY frame shapes the social reality of project partners and acts therefore as a self-fulfilling prophecy, by psychological processes of selective perception and attributional distortion.
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