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Spanning the globe: West-German support for the Australian anti-nuclear movement

Um die ganze Welt: Unterstützung aus Westdeutschland für die australische Anti-Atomkraft-Bewegung
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Kirchhof, Astrid Mignon

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Abstract "In the 1970s and 1980s, 70 per cent of uranium deposits extracted worldwide was situated on the land of indigenous populations whose cultures and physical well-being were threatened by the mining activities. Nevertheless, bowing to the need for supply security which had become its primary concern in the wake of the oil crisis, the German government declared nuclear energy to be safe and secure. Under the motto 'Leave uranium in the ground', representatives of the West-German Green Party faction gave a voice to representatives of indigenous populations from various countries. In this article, I will discuss the hypothesis that, although international anti-nuclear and disarmament issues in the 1970s offered the basis for a global and transnational collective activist identity, this identity was more frequently negotiated in the respective national arenas. Rather than building on the involvement of movement activists, cross-border exchange was mostly established by, and often limited to, leading figures, prominent thinkers, institutions and alternative media. Besides these obstacles, a number of channels for transnational exchange, the transfer of information and ideas did in fact exist and the level of communication (albeit not so much cooperation) was significant, considering that the internet and other technical means were not yet available to bring the world more closely together." (author's abstract)
Keywords Australia; protest movement; antinuclear movement; transnationalization; indigenous peoples; human rights; nuclear energy; nuclear power plant; resistance; Federal Republic of Germany; political support; environmental protection; Pacific Rim
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Social History, Historical Social Research
Method descriptive study; historical
Free Keywords Aborigines; experts and media; Society for Threatened Peoples
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 254-273
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