Socio-Political Dimensions and Sociotechnical Knowledge in Energy Transition in South America: Analytical Framework.
Based on the theoretical and empirical results of a field research in several municipalities in Argentina and Chile, a proposal for new analytical frameworks about the multiplicity of social actors involved in the ET, and the change towards non-conventional renewable energies, is elaborated. Process that can no longer be understood as modernization and socio-economic change.
The main hypothesis highlights the relevance of political-institutional and cultural factors (especially those related to unequal knowledge distribution and production) and their interrelationships within the ET processes. A holistic, multi-actor and multidimensional view is suggested, starting up with the recognition of an asymmetric distribution of power, sociotechnical and ecological knowledge. The basic question is how to advance in a renewed and pertinent conceptual framework about local ET processes oriented towards socio-ecological-cultural change and the empowerment of local actors in the South.