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The temporalities of energy transition processes

Abstract : This chapter provides a critical inquiry into the processes of time-making and agreeing upon collective horizons for the energy transition. A broad range of academic literature looks at the energy transition as an interval, a ‘matter of timing’ (historical drivers, pace of the transition), in which distant futures and anticipatory attitudes steer the way in which to bridge a gap. Different from this, this chapter develops a pragmatic framework which approaches the energy transition as a process of change in which new assemblages and new durations are performed. Analysing different case studies in France and Germany, it shows that ‘nearness’ (recent past and near future) has a major influence on the steering of energy transition processes because it is a disputed zone for selecting, renaming entities from different times, and agreeing upon new enduring assemblages.
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Olivier Labussiere, Alain Nadaï, Édith Chezel, Michel Deshaies. The temporalities of energy transition processes. Olivier Labussière; Alain Nadaï. Energy transitions : A Socio-Technical Inquiry, Palgrave, 2018, Energy, Climate and the Environment series, 978-3-319-77024-6. ⟨halshs-01675714⟩



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