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Living in the Near Nuclear Power Area and Their Local Dependency and Familiarization of Risks: Focusing on Jang-an Area

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2018, 29(3), pp.283-311
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

Gi-Yong Yang 1 Kim, Eunjeong 1 Kim Changsoo 1

1부경대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study tries to understand the meaning of being a resident near nuclear power plant focusing on Jang-an community members. The study is specially interested in the local dependency among Jang-an community members to Gori-area and their neighbors, and the perception on the risks related to nuclear power plants. The investigation was also focued on the process and changes of these local dependency and risk perception. In order to achieve these study goals, six residents in Gori area were taken the in-depth interview. The structure of significant meanings are drawn through the conceptualization, categorization, and classification of themes. Findings are very interesting. First, the overall meanings of Gori nuclear power plants are very different among community members in Jang-an. Gori nuclear power plant was classified as ‘a pet aversion’ because it made community members died, sick, or unhappy. On the other hand, Gori nuclear power plant was considered as ‘a grateful thing’ because it gave them a means of living and a pride. Local dependency has a diverse meaning such as area-based dependency and relation-based dependency. On the risk perceptions, the most salient categories are ‘familiarized and insensitive’ as time goes by, and ‘routinized and normalized.’‘Uncomfortable with other peoples’concerns’is also a noticeable category of meaning structure. Further study should be conducted the relationship between local dependency and risk perceptions, and the multi-dimension of local dependency in the community near nuclear power plants.

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