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Conference Paper: The translation of power: a study of boundary objects in public engagement processes

TitleThe translation of power: a study of boundary objects in public engagement processes
Authors
KeywordsPublic engagement
Power dynamics
Materiality
Boundary object
Communication
Issue Date2014
PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM).
Citation
The 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), Portsmouth, UK., 1-3 September 2014. How to Cite?
AbstractPublic consultation and engagement processes have become an integral feature of infrastructure development projects in many parts of the world. Regardless of the drivers behind this trend, legislative or otherwise, a key objective of the process is to facilitate information exchange between affected parties. Somewhat simplified, the process is used by the project team to garner support, collect feedback and address grievances for the project, and by a multitude of stakeholders to voice complaints, lobby for change and secure benefits for themselves. It follows that the process, despite intentions otherwise, is commonly characterised by opposing interests and unequal power relationships that lead to antagonistic standoffs between participants. This paper focuses on what takes place within the engagement process and the format through which information is exchanged. In particular, focus is on the material artefacts that are used to facilitate the information exchange. When used effectively, these artefacts act as boundary objects between participants by allowing them to work together across a diverse range of issues. The paper draws on ongoing research that explores how boundary objects are used in the public engagement process in Hong Kong. The study utilises the Latour-Callon model of ÔinteressementÕ to trace how information is translated through boundary objects across a series of engagement events. An argument is put forward highlighting how boundary objects both affect and are affected by power struggles between social groups, and how this in turn affects decision making and goal alignment. In so doing, the notion of the boundary objects possessing inherent properties making them effective communication tools across events is rejected, and replaced by a view that puts more emphasis on how and why they are used by the participants.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/201820
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dc.contributor.authorChow, VWYen_US
dc.contributor.authorLeiringer, Ren_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-21T07:42:56Z-
dc.date.available2014-08-21T07:42:56Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationThe 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), Portsmouth, UK., 1-3 September 2014.en_US
dc.identifier.isbn978-0-9552390-8-3-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/201820-
dc.description.abstractPublic consultation and engagement processes have become an integral feature of infrastructure development projects in many parts of the world. Regardless of the drivers behind this trend, legislative or otherwise, a key objective of the process is to facilitate information exchange between affected parties. Somewhat simplified, the process is used by the project team to garner support, collect feedback and address grievances for the project, and by a multitude of stakeholders to voice complaints, lobby for change and secure benefits for themselves. It follows that the process, despite intentions otherwise, is commonly characterised by opposing interests and unequal power relationships that lead to antagonistic standoffs between participants. This paper focuses on what takes place within the engagement process and the format through which information is exchanged. In particular, focus is on the material artefacts that are used to facilitate the information exchange. When used effectively, these artefacts act as boundary objects between participants by allowing them to work together across a diverse range of issues. The paper draws on ongoing research that explores how boundary objects are used in the public engagement process in Hong Kong. The study utilises the Latour-Callon model of ÔinteressementÕ to trace how information is translated through boundary objects across a series of engagement events. An argument is put forward highlighting how boundary objects both affect and are affected by power struggles between social groups, and how this in turn affects decision making and goal alignment. In so doing, the notion of the boundary objects possessing inherent properties making them effective communication tools across events is rejected, and replaced by a view that puts more emphasis on how and why they are used by the participants.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM).-
dc.relation.ispartof30th Annual ARCOM Conference Proceedings 2014en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectPublic engagement-
dc.subjectPower dynamics-
dc.subjectMateriality-
dc.subjectBoundary object-
dc.subjectCommunication-
dc.titleThe translation of power: a study of boundary objects in public engagement processesen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailLeiringer, R: roine.leiringer@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityLeiringer, R=rp01592en_US
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.hkuros233833en_US
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