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From Fish to Fission: Changing sense of place and risk perception in a power plant host community
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Prior studies suggest that proximity to nuclear power plants do not affect concerns regarding perceived risks of nuclear power. This thesis applies and compare Swedish plant Ringhals with prior studies but with the added intent of addressing the relationship between plant and population. The host community Bua is positive towards Ringhals and the changes it has brought. To some degree more so than results of prior studies with a higher than national average percent of study respondents being in favor of nuclear power. When Ringhals was established, Bua was small and had little power to impact the decision. Today, the population is bigger and have a better chance to affect future pathways for their community. While positive towards nuclear power the population expresses concerns over possible future changes. A large scale change like the construction of a power plant is less likely to happen again.

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2016. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
nuclear power, sense of place, proximity effect, risk perception, geographical psychology
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-133921OAI: diva2:972695
Available from: 2016-09-22 Created: 2016-09-22 Last updated: 2016-09-22Bibliographically approved

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