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Rise and fall of public opposition in specific social movements. [Including nuclear power plants]

Abstract

This article reports a comparative study of four 'specific' social movements which involve aspects of technological controversy: Fluoridation, the ABM, Nuclear Power Plants, and Legalized Abortion. A theoretical model of the rise and fall of public opposition in these movements over time is suggested. Quantitative indicators are developed and applied to this historical model. Rise and fall of controversy follows a regular sequence: Activities of protest leaders increase during periods of great national concern over issues that are complementary to the movement; during these periods, social and economic resources are relatively available to the movement. As the activity of protest leaders increases, mass media coverage of their activities increases. As mass media coverage increases, opposition to the technology among the wider public increases. As the activity of the leaders wanes, mass media coverage declines, and so does opposition among the wider public. The paper concludes with a discussion of the relevance of this perspective for making predictions about the future course of 'specific' social movements.
Authors:
Leahy, P J; [1]  Mazur, A [2] 
  1. Akron Univ., OH (USA)
  2. Syracuse Univ., NY (USA)
Publication Date:
Aug 01, 1980
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
AIX-12-595957; EDB-82-012185
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Soc. Stud. Sci.; (United Kingdom); Journal Volume: 10:3
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; PUBLIC OPINION; NUCLEAR POWER; PUBLIC RELATIONS; SOCIOLOGY; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; POWER; POWER PLANTS; THERMAL POWER PLANTS; 290600* - Energy Planning & Policy- Nuclear Energy
OSTI ID:
6080028
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
Pages: 259-284
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Leahy, P J, and Mazur, A. Rise and fall of public opposition in specific social movements. [Including nuclear power plants]. United Kingdom: N. p., 1980. Web. doi:10.1177/030631278001000301.
Leahy, P J, & Mazur, A. Rise and fall of public opposition in specific social movements. [Including nuclear power plants]. United Kingdom. doi:10.1177/030631278001000301.
Leahy, P J, and Mazur, A. 1980. "Rise and fall of public opposition in specific social movements. [Including nuclear power plants]." United Kingdom. doi:10.1177/030631278001000301. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10.1177/030631278001000301.
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title = {Rise and fall of public opposition in specific social movements. [Including nuclear power plants]}
author = {Leahy, P J, and Mazur, A}
abstractNote = {This article reports a comparative study of four 'specific' social movements which involve aspects of technological controversy: Fluoridation, the ABM, Nuclear Power Plants, and Legalized Abortion. A theoretical model of the rise and fall of public opposition in these movements over time is suggested. Quantitative indicators are developed and applied to this historical model. Rise and fall of controversy follows a regular sequence: Activities of protest leaders increase during periods of great national concern over issues that are complementary to the movement; during these periods, social and economic resources are relatively available to the movement. As the activity of protest leaders increases, mass media coverage of their activities increases. As mass media coverage increases, opposition to the technology among the wider public increases. As the activity of the leaders wanes, mass media coverage declines, and so does opposition among the wider public. The paper concludes with a discussion of the relevance of this perspective for making predictions about the future course of 'specific' social movements.}
doi = {10.1177/030631278001000301}
journal = {Soc. Stud. Sci.; (United Kingdom)}
volume = {10:3}
journal type = {AC}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1980}
month = {Aug}
}