Title

Protest as Terrorism: The Potential for Violent Anti-Nuclear Activism

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2003

Publication Title

American Behavioral Scientist

Volume

46

Issue

6

First page number:

745

Last page number:

765

Abstract

This article examines the potential threat of terrorism toward the Nevada Nuclear Test Site and the proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository by domestic protest groups, particularly anti-nuclear activists. The analysis is based on the history of direct action anti-nuclear campaigns against the facilities, particularly the Nevada Test Site, and suggests that violence as a form of protest, particularly the type of violence that is aimed at jeopardizing human safety (as opposed to violent destruction of property), is very unlikely. It is argued that the normalized relations between authorities and protesters that occurred at the peak of direct actions is critical to maintaining the nonviolence that has characterized activism at the facilities. But, the current climate of heightened government scrutiny and repression toward various types of perceived terrorist threats may affect future forms of protest and engender violent responses on both sides.

Keywords

Anti-nuclear; Nevada--Nevada Test Site; Nevada Test Site; Normalized protest; Nuclear disarmament; Nuclear industry--Waste disposal; Nuclear warfare; Political activists; Protest movements; Social movements; Terrorism; Terrorist; Yucca Mountain

Disciplines

Politics and Social Change | Sociology

Language

English

Permissions

Use Find in Your Library, contact the author, or interlibrary loan to garner a copy of the item. Publisher policy does not allow archiving the final published version. If a post-print (author's peer-reviewed manuscript) is allowed and available, or publisher policy changes, the item will be deposited.

Identifier

DOI: 10.1177/0002764202239172

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