Atomic Power, Community Fission

Martin Dusinberre

in Hard Times in the Hometown

Published by University of Hawaii Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780824835248
Published online November 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780824871819
Atomic Power, Community Fission

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This chapter analyzes the implications of the nuclear dispute on Iwaishima. The sense of fear concerning atomic energy, the desire to preserve rich fishing grounds, and abhorrence at the behind-the-scenes tactics of the pronuclear lobby were heartfelt emotions for some islanders; just as the desire to preserve the hometown community through nuclear power was a genuine motivation for some pronuclear lobbyists in Murotsu and Nagashima. However, the chapter contends that the antinuclear campaign also became a struggle about the nature of power and status in the 1980s hometown. The tactics of leading antinuclear campaigners exposed the social and political structures of everyday life, and the extent to which islanders still observed the complex networks of loyalty and ritual.

Keywords: Iwaishima nuclear dispute; atomic energy; pronuclear lobbyists; Murotsu; Nagashima; antinuclear campaign; power

Chapter.  7154 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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