TITLE

Fukushima and the Motifs of Nuclear History

AUTHOR(S)
Hamblin, Jacob Darwin
PUB. DATE
April 2012
SOURCE
Environmental History;Apr2012, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p285
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Essay
ABSTRACT
Nuclear narratives convey responsibility (or lack thereof), and historical understandings are enlisted to stake out defensible positions in times of crisis. As historians, we need to be conscious of the discursive power of the stories we tell and to reflect critically on them. Otherwise we put ourselves in the position of reinforcing past narratives that were contrived in the first place to deflect blame, avoid responsibility, and frustrate accountability. The present essay presents motifs—recurrent themes—that implicitly assign or abrogate responsibility for harm. They are the Risk Society Motif, the Nuclear Watchdog Motif, and the Nuclear Fear Motif. All three reemerged in light of the Fukushima disaster.
ACCESSION #
77963680

 

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