ERIC Number: EJ932841
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
Industrial Wind Turbine Development and Loss of Social Justice?
Krogh, Carmen M. E.
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v31 n4 p321-333 Aug 2011
This article explores the loss of social justice reported by individuals living in the environs of industrial wind turbines (IWTs). References indicate that some individuals residing in proximity to IWT facilities experience adverse health effects. These adverse health effects are severe enough that some families have abandoned their homes. Individuals report they welcomed IWTs into their community and the negative consequences were unexpected. Expressions of grief are exacerbated by the emotional and physical toll of individuals' symptoms, loss of enjoyment of homes and property, disturbed living conditions, financial loss, and the lack of society's recognition of their situation. The author has investigated the reported loss of social justice through a review of literature, personal interviews with, and communications from, those reporting adverse health effects. The author's intention is to create awareness that loss of social justice is being associated with IWT development. This loss of justice arises from a number of factors, including the lack of fair process, the loss of rights, and associated disempowerment. These societal themes require further investigation. Research by health professionals and social scientists is urgently needed to address the health and social impacts of IWTs operating near family homes.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Prevention, Intention, Energy, Power Technology, Correlation, Health, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Housing, Family Financial Resources, Quality of Life, Interviews, Empowerment, Civil Rights, Foreign Countries
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