Wykład "Networking for Citizen Empowerment: Structures and Strategies of Japan’s Less Visible Anti-Nuclear Movement"

Termin: 05.05.2017
Organizator: Zakład Japonistyki i Sinologii

Wykład okolicznościowy "Networking for Citizen Empowerment: Structures and Strategies of Japan’s Less Visible Anti-Nuclear Movement"

Zakład Japonistyki i Sinologii zaprasza na wykład Anny Wiemann (Hamburg University)

Networking for Citizen Empowerment: Structures and Strategies of Japan’s Less Visible Anti-Nuclear Movement

5 maj 2017 (piątek), godz. 16:30
Kolegium Śląskie, sala 301

 

Resume:

After the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, Japan experienced a major wave of anti-nuclear activism. Anti-nuclear protest action reached a peak in summer 2012, when about 200.000 people joined protest demonstrations in front of the Prime Minister’s residence in Tokyo (Oguma 2013; Redwolf 2013). While such visible protest activities generally attract much public and scientific interest, it is less so for movement activities at the organizational level. Meso-level actors however contribute greatly to the formation of an encompassing social movement by empowering citizens and citizen groups by developing new argumentative structures encountering pro-nuclear government discourse as well as by the provision of knowhow and infrastructures to access policy-making.

In the tradition of social network analysis, this presentation draws on qualitative and quantitative research techniques to trace the emergence of a Tokyo-based civil network-coalition named e-shift which developed immediately after the Fukushima nuclear accident. In an environment largely unfriendly for civil action, e-shift has been successful in bringing together groups from anti-nuclear, environmental, pro-renewable energy, and consumer backgrounds sharing their expertise and jointly working for a shift in Japanese energy policy towards renewable energy and a nuclear phase-out primarily through citizen empowerment and advocacy work. Data for the analysis have been gathered during field work in Tokyo between September 2013 and May 2014.

Anna Wiemann is a PhD candidate at Hamburg University (Germany) where she just recently successfully handed her dissertation with the title “Networks and Mobilization Processes: The Case of the Japanese Anti-Nuclear Movement after Fukushima”. She holds a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies (Philipps University Marburg) and a bachelor's degree in Japanese Linguistics and French Philology (Ruhr University Bochum).

Data opublikowania: 19.04.2017
Osoba publikująca: Stanisław Meyer