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"Where do we go from Wyhl?" Transnational anti-nuclear protest targeting European and international organizations in the 1970s

"Wyhl und was nun?“ Transnationaler Protest gegen die Atompolitik europäischer und internationaler Organisationen in den 1970er Jahren
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Meyer, Jan-Henrik

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Abstract "While the site occupation at Wyhl in 1975 is usually considered the symbolic birthplace of the West German anti-nuclear movement, it may also serve as the starting point for a transnational history of anti-nuclear protest. Local cross-border cooperation among protesters at Wyhl deeply impressed those anti-nuclear activists in the mid-1970s who considered nuclear power a global problem and encouraged them to take their protest to the international level. The central argument of this article is that protest directed against international organizations (IOs) - notably the European Communities (EC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) provided a crucial catalyst for transnational cooperation among anti-nuclear activists. Targeting IOs as the key promoters of nuclear power on a global scale, anti-nuclear activists cooperated across borders organizing protest events. Their goal was to challenge the IOs and win back the public on the issue across borders. Based on multi-archival research, this article analyzes five transnational protest events between 1975 and 1978 in Western Europe. Findings suggest that continued cooperation led to the emergence of a transnational anti-nuclear network and facilitated transnational transfers of scientific expertise and protest practices." (author's abstract)
Keywords protest movement; antinuclear movement; transnationalization; nuclear energy; EC; international organization; energy policy; Western Europe; environmental protection
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Social History, Historical Social Research
Method descriptive study; historical
Free Keywords International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 212-235
Journal Historical Social Research, 39 (2014) 1
Issue topic Global protest against nuclear power
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works