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Rootes, Christopher (2003) Britain. In: Rootes, Christopher, ed. Environmental Protest in Western Europe. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 20-58. ISBN 978-0-19-925206-0. (doi:10.1093/0199252068.003.0002) (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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Abstract

The evolution of environmental protest in Britain is considered against the background of the development of the environmental movement and the emergence of the environment as a political issue. 1323 protest events reported in The Guardian during the years 1988–97 are analysed to explore the varying incidence, issues, forms and organizational affiliations of protest. In a decade in which environmentalism was widely supposed to have been institutionalized and domesticated, the evidence reveals an extraordinary surge of increasingly confrontational but generally non‐violent protest, especially against roads and for animal rights. In terms of issues, forms, networks, and organizations, animal welfare appears quite distinct from and scarcely linked to the broader environmental movement. The varying incidence and changing character of protest is explained chiefly in terms of changing political opportunities, but also as a legacy of a cycle of protest that began with the campaign against the poll tax.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/0199252068.003.0002
Uncontrolled keywords: animal rights, Britain, confrontation, environmental movement, environmentalism, institutionalization, political opportunities, poll tax, protest, violence
Subjects: H Social Sciences
J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: G.T. Swain
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2009 20:01 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:03 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/15420 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Rootes, Christopher: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4551-6735
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