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The politics of airport expansion in the United KingdomHegemony, policy and the rhetoric of 'sustainable aviation'$
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Steven Griggs and David Howarth

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719076138

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719076138.001.0001

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Resignifying airports and aviation

Resignifying airports and aviation

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(p.192) 6 Resignifying airports and aviation
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The politics of airport expansion in the United Kingdom
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Steven Griggs

David Howarth

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719076138.003.0007

This chapter explores the discursive processes and practices that enabled the reframing of aviation in the first decade of the new century. It analyses how the repeated public interventions of scientists and experts in aviation policy paved the way for the collapse of the fantasmatic narrative of ‘sustainable aviation.’ In particular, it demonstrates how opponents to expansion discredited New Labour's 2003 White Paper, and sought to make aviation and flying synonymous with climate change. Having described and analysed these rhetorical strategies, the chapter then examines how New Labour endeavoured to recycle the rhetorical appeals and political strategies and tactics embedded within its White Paper. However, it concludes that these appeals failed to counter the collapse of the fantasmatic narrative of sustainable aviation, which began to lose its ‘grip’ in a changing political context, marked by heightened public concern about climate change and the collapse of the New Labour project.

Keywords:   Scientific Expertise, Rhetoric, Fantasmatic Narratives, Sustainable Aviation, Reframing

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