Situating Social Practices in Community Energy Projects

Three Case Studies about the Contextuality of Renewable Energy Production

  • Angela Pohlmann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 299-320

About this book


Angela Pohlmann analyses the social embeddedness of renewable energy production. The author challenges tendencies in the existing literature to homogenize community energy projects. Energy production instead is analyzed as an outcome of complex situations within which dynamic negotiation processes unfold. By combining Theodore Schatzki’s practice-theoretical approach with Adele Clarke’s situational analysis the focus is shifted from practices as stabilized and routinized forms of human behavior onto their dynamic and negotiated character.

  • State of the Art: Community Energy Projects
  • Theoretical Framework: Combining Practice Theory and Situational Analysis
  • ‘A Vehicle to Serve the Community’: Analyzing the Comrie Development Trust
  • ‘Vom Wut- zum Mutbürger’: Analyzing the Kultur-und-Energie-Bunker-Altona Project
  • ‘A Symbol for Renewable Energy Production in the City’: Analyzing the International Building Exhibition Hamburg

Target Groups
  • Academics, researchers, and students in the fields of sociology and cultural anthropology
  • Politicians in the fields of renewable energy production and climate protection 

The Author
Angela Pohlmann is a research assistant at the University of Hamburg, Faculty for Economic and Social Sciences. Her scientific interests include methods and methodologies of qualitative social research, situational analysis, practice theories, and social research on climate change and community energy.


Community energy Situational analysis Practice Theory Social embeddedness of renewable energy production Social Practices in Community Energy Projects Contextuality of Renewable Energy Production Dynamic negotiation processes Negotiation

Authors and affiliations

  • Angela Pohlmann
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  1. 1.Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences University of HamburgHamburgGermany

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