Talking Atoms: Anti-Nuclear Protest at Diablo Canyon, California

Wills, John (2000) Talking Atoms: Anti-Nuclear Protest at Diablo Canyon, California. Oral History, 28 (2). ISSN 1533-8592. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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In the 1950s and 1960s, a pro-nuclear narrative, largely established by government officials, dominated discourse on the nuclear age. Anti-nuclear protestors in the 1970s faced the challenge of countering years of atomic rhetoric. Drawing on substantial oral interviews conducted in the late 1990s, this article considers the language of hope and fear expressed by opponents of nuclear energy in California. In particular, it explores the relationship that evolved between activists, their dialogue of 'anti-nukespeak', and their place of protest, Diablo Canyon. 'Talking Atoms' notes the high value protestors afforded to free discussion and expression, and suggest oral history as an appropriate medium for understanding a loquacious popular movement.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: John Wills
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2009 11:48
Last Modified: 30 May 2014 15:22
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