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“Site Fights”: Explaining Opposition to Pipeline Projects in the Developing World1
Article first published online: 2 AUG 2010
© 2010 Eastern Sociological Society
Volume 25, Issue 3, pages 401–427, September 2010
How to Cite
McAdam, D., Boudet, H. S., Davis, J., Orr, R. J., Richard Scott, W. and Levitt, R. E. (2010), “Site Fights”: Explaining Opposition to Pipeline Projects in the Developing World. Sociological Forum, 25: 401–427. doi: 10.1111/j.1573-7861.2010.01189.x
We owe the clever phrase, “site fights,” to Daniel P. Aldrich, who recently published a book entitled Site Fights: Divisive Facilities and Civil Society in Japan and the West (2008, Cornell University Press). No piece of published scholarship ever depends on the authors alone, but in this case, our debt to others is much greater than normal. This article is only a small part of a much larger, ongoing project that has drawn on the labors of a large number of faculty and graduate students at Stanford University. Our first and largest debt of gratitude goes to all the graduate students (and a few courageous undergraduates) who have participated in the project. These include: Henry Chan, Cheryl Chi, Mo Peng, Andrew Peterman, Linh Pham, Amanda Sharkey, Meg Waltner, and Amy Javernick Will. But no graduate student deserves more thanks for help on the project than Dilanka Clinthana “D.C.” Jayasundera. Not only has D.C. been involved in the project from the outset, but he has also served as one of two principal coders and data analysts on this particular piece of research. Stanford was the source, not only for faculty and graduate student collaborators, but for critical funding support as well. Without a seed grant from the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, we would never have been able to undertake the research in the first place. In collecting data on our 16 cases, we benefited enormously from information given to us by informants affiliated with a number of NGOs and lenders with personal knowledge of the projects we were seeking to understand. We also owe a great deal to the late Richard Burt, who advised on the project up until his untimely death in 2007. From Rick, we learned about the dynamics of infrastructure projects from the firm point of view. Finally, we cannot say enough about the help, advice, and patient counsel we received from Charles Ragin as we sought to employ his comparative case method as the analytic basis for our research.
- Issue published online: 2 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 2 AUG 2010
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