Direct Action in British Environmentalism

Direct Action in British Environmentalism

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Overview

Direct action has become a key part of the strategy of the radical environmental movement since the early 1990s, used to address issues such as road building and car culture, genetically modified foods, consumerism and global finance institutions. It has helped shape the political climate and has transformed the way people view political action, undermining the assumption that the power of politicians and big businesses cannot be contested. At the same time it is highly controversial, often illegal, and, partly due to its move towards greater militancy, may be included in new Prevention of Terrorism legislation. Direct Action in British Environmentalism charts and analyses the nature and impact of this new wave of direct action. The contributors approach the phenomenon from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines and present data concerning both the quantity and type of recent environmental protest and the sociological and organisational features of those performing it. Subjects covered include; the history of the movement and its influence on contemporary activism the identities and new tribalism of eco-warriors the reaction of the mass media the impact of direct action on mainstream politicians and policy the strategies and tactical innovations which underlie direct action Direct Action in British Environmentalism is the fullest scholarly analysis yet available of this phenomenon. It is essential reading for students of Politics and Environmental Studies as well as all those interested in the development and impact of direct action in environmentalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415242462
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/28/2000
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Notes on Contributors

1. Direct action in British environmentalism, Brian Doherty, Matthew Paterson, and Ben Seel

2. Environmental protest in Britain 1988-1997, Christopher Rootes

3. Manifactured vulnerability: protest camp tactics, Brian Doherty

4. Snowballs, elves, and skimmingtons? Geneaologies of environmental direct action, Derek Wall

5. Modern millenarians? Anticonsumerism, anarchism and the new urban environmentalism, Jonathan Purkis

6. Coming live and direct: strategies of Earth First!, Ben Seel and Alex Plows

7. 'It's just not natural'?: queer insights on eco-action, Wendy Maples

8. Swampy fever: media constructions and direct action politics, Matthew Paterson

9. Friends and allies: the role of local campaign groups, Gill Cathles

10. The vitalitiy of local protest: alarm UK and the British anti-roads protest movement, Wallace McNeish

11. The politics of the car: the limits of actor-centered models of agenda setting, Nick Robinson

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