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Common Sense Community? The Climate Challenge Fund's Official and Tacit Community Construction
Taylor Aiken, Gerald mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) >]
Scottish Geographical Journal
Geography, Communities and Energy Futures: Alternative Research Paths
[en] low-carbon community ; environmental governance ; transition towns
[en] The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) is the Scottish Government’s flagship initiative addressing the twenty-first century’s core concern: environmental challenges. The CCF seeks to reduce carbon emissions explicitly through community. Building on community’s long and strong social science heritage, this paper outlines the CCF’s tacit and unspoken community assumptions. Through these assumptions, this policy (re)produces, prefigures and performs a particular form of community, this being community’s elision with locality, and synonym for place, rurality or neighbourhood. Taking on these tacit assumptions is demonstrative of their belief in the effectiveness of such community. After exploring the CCF, its source and structure, the paper delves into empirical work situated at all levels of the CCF’s funding chain. It then teases out how the assumptions around – and the need to demonstrate – community help determine the projects selected, and subsequently the vision of community chosen, enacted and mobilised. The CCF (re) produces a particular vision of community with implications for who receives funding, how environmental action is framed and also for the future of community in Scotland.

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