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From nuclear to human security? Prerequisites and motives for the German Chernobyl commitment in Belarus

Von nuklearer Sicherheit zu Human Security? Voraussetzungen und Motive des deutschen Tschernobylengagements in Belarus
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Arndt, Melanie

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Abstract "This paper analyses the involvement of West German initiatives in Belarus following the Chernobyl disaster, with special regard to the social construction of human security. It focuses on the prerequisites for this involvement and the New Social Movements of the 1960s and the 1970s, in particular the 'new' peace and anti-nuclear power movement. Based on the change in the emotional regime in West Germany, where fear was increasingly being openly expressed, civil society groups committed themselves to mitigating the consequences of the disaster. The paper explores perceptions and the criteria of security/ certainty and, more specifically, the criteria of insecurity/ uncertainty by which those actors were governed in their involvement." (author's abstract)

"Der Artikel analysiert das Engagement westdeutscher Initiativen in Weißrussland nach dem Desaster von Tschernobyl, mit besonderem Bezug auf die soziale Konstruktion humaner Sicherheit. Der Fokus liegt auf den Voraussetzungen dieses Engagements wie auch auf den neuen sozialen Bewegungen der 1960er und 1970er, insbesondere der 'neue' Friedens- und Anti-Atom-Bewegung. Basierend auf dem Wandel des emotionalen Regimes in Westdeutschland, wo Angst in immer stärkerem Maße öffentlich ausgedrückt wurde, verschrieben sich Bürgerrechtsgruppen der Aufgabe, die Konsequenzen des Desasters zu lindern. Der Artikel untersucht Wahrnehmungen und die Kriterien von Sicherheit/ Gewissheit und, spezifischer, die Kriterien von Unsicherheit/ Ungewissheit welche die Akteure in ihrem Engagement leiteten." (Autorenreferat)
Keywords social movement; anxiety; antinuclear movement; protest movement; nuclear energy; nuclear power plant; international cooperation; impact; Federal Republic of Germany; risk; human security; disaster; human error; social construction; historical development; citizens' involvement; Belorussia; post-socialist country
Classification Special areas of Departmental Policy; Social History, Historical Social Research
Method descriptive study; historical
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 289-308
Journal Historical Social Research, 35 (2010) 4
Issue topic Die Produktion von Human Security in Vormoderne und Zeitgeschichte
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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