Seminar: "Movement-countermovement dynamics in Japanese nuclear power politic

January 16, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room), 1890 East-West Rd. Add to Calendar

The Japanese antinuclear movement has traditionally been seen as a classical NIMBY movement with only weak national networks. Several attempts have been made to explain its relative weakness before 2011. In his talk, Tobias Weiss, a postdoctoral researcher with the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the University of Zurich, will look at a phenomenon, which has not been paid much attention, but has arguably played a role in weakening the movement: The building of a pronuclear countermovement since the 1980s. This talk will trace its roots and growth to considerable size since the 1990s as well as changes that have taken place in the movement since 2011.

  Dr. Weiss uses a Bourdieusian framework and argues that these movements have been built up strategically in social fields where the antinuclear movement was based. To supply the movement with various forms of capital several volunteer and semi-volunteer programs have been established by the nuclear industry and the state.

This public talk is part of the Center for Japanese Studies Seminar Series, co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology.

The speaker, Dr. Tobais Weiss, is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the University of Zurich.

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Center for Japanese Studies, Mānoa Campus

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