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Mothers and the Mexican Antinuclear Power Movement (Society, Environment, and Place)

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In the early 1970s construction began on a nuclear power plant at Laguna Verde in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Initially, most local citizens were largely unconcerned with the prospect of having the nuclear plant in their community. With the accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, however, residents' complacency toward the power plant soon turned to opposition. Protest groups such as the Madres Veracruzanas emerged to join existing environmental groups in a fight to close down the facility. In Mothers and the Mexican Antinuclear Power Movement, Velma García-Gorena traces the protest movement against the Mexican government's Laguna Verde nuclear plant, outlining the movement's formation, development, and decline. Documenting the movement's key players and turning points in superb detail, she interweaves important historical narrative with a deft examination of the events, framing her analysis in terms of social movement literature. In a departure from the more conventional New Social Movements approach to analyzing antinuclear movements, García-Gorena demonstrates how, in many ways, movements of this kind are not so new and how a modified "political process" approach fits much better. With a sophisticated application of various social movements' paradigms, García-Gorena incorporates perspectives such as resource mobilization, political process paradigms, and feminist theory. Timely, well written, and thoroughly researched, Mothers and the Mexican Antinuclear Power Movement fills a major gap in the literature on grassroots environmental movements in Latin America. Both rich in empirical detail and convincing in its conclusions, this study provides a broader understanding of Mexican social movements and the quest for democracy in developing countries.

About the Author

Velma García-Gorena is a political scientist at Smith College and Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Minority Fellow. She has worked since 1988 researching peasant movements and new social movements in Mexico.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816518753
Author:
Garcia-Gorena, Velma
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Author:
Garc
Author:
a-Gorena, Velma
Author:
Garcia-Gorena, Velma
Author:
a-Gorena
Author:
Velma Garc
Location:
Tucson :
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Engineering - Nuclear
Subject:
Women social reformers
Subject:
Social movements
Subject:
Nuclear power plants
Subject:
Antinuclear movement
Subject:
Women social reformers -- Mexico -- Laguna Verde (Veracruz)
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Latin America - Mexico
Subject:
Power Resources - Nuclear
Subject:
Antinuclear movement -- Mexico.
Subject:
Nuclear power plants -- Mexico.
Subject:
Latin American Studies; Women s Studies
Subject:
World History-Mexico
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Society, Environment, and Place Paperback
Publication Date:
19990131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
187
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » Mexico
Science and Mathematics » Energy » Nuclear Engineering
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General

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