Science, local knowledge and exclusionary practices: Lessons from the Alta Dam case

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The Alta Dam project in Norway is used to illustrate how state control of information may result in environmental injustice through a process of closed decision-making and political marginalization. By closing the decision-making process and related research from stakeholders, a state can attempt to insulate itself from criticism and contrary opinion, even if such practices run contrary to the traditions of inquiry. The exclusionary practices at Alta are examined in relation to the environmental justice literature and history of the Alta dam.

Keywords: Norway; Saami; environmental justice; water policy

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 2006

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