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Mobilising Modernity: The Nuclear Moment

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During the nuclear heyday of the post-war years advocates of atomic power promised cheap electricity and a prosperous future. From the present, however, this promise seems tarnished by accidents, leaks and a lack of public confidence. Mobilising Modernity traces this journey from confidence in technology to the anxieties of the Risk Society questioning a number of conventional wisdom en route." "This study also argues for the ongoing importance of the non-violent direct action groups that flourished during the ...
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Overview

During the nuclear heyday of the post-war years advocates of atomic power promised cheap electricity and a prosperous future. From the present, however, this promise seems tarnished by accidents, leaks and a lack of public confidence. Mobilising Modernity traces this journey from confidence in technology to the anxieties of the Risk Society questioning a number of conventional wisdom en route." "This study also argues for the ongoing importance of the non-violent direct action groups that flourished during the 1970s, showing their continuing influence on today's new social movements. Welsh concludes by considering the implications of risk and trust on current policy-making.
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Meet the Author

Ian Welsh lectures sociology in Cardiff University's School of Social Sciences. He has a long standing interest in environmental sociology spanning nuclear, climate change and road-building issues.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
List of acronyms
1 Introduction 1
2 The nuclear moment 34
3 Resisting the juggernaut: opposition in the 1950s 68
4 Accidents will happen 95
5 Modernity's mobilisation stalls 118
6 The moment of direct action 150
7 Networking: direct action and collective refusal 183
8 Conclusions 206
Notes 228
Bibliography 244
Author index 256
Subject index 259
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