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Fracking the NeighborhoodReluctant Activists and Natural Gas Drilling$
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Jessica Smartt Gullion

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029766

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029766.001.0001

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Fracking the Neighborhood

Jessica Smartt Gullion

The MIT Press

This chapter provides an overview of the theoretical and methodological approaches that were used to conduct an ethnographic study of natural gas drilling activism in the Barnett Shale, a natural gas field located beneath the populated Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Included is discussion of conceptualizations of the environment and how those conceptualizations impact human relationships in the natural environment. Also included are details about the ethnographic practice of this project, data collection and analysis, reflexivity, and the ethical considerations that went in to this work.

Keywords:   Ethnography, Fracking, Qualitative methods, Feminist methods, Social representation theory, Reflexivity, Texas

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