Framing the Local and the Global in the Anti-Nuclear Movement: Law and the Politics of Place

16 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2009

Abstract

This article examines the politics of place in relation to legal mobilization by the anti-nuclear movement. It examines two case examples – citizens' weapons inspections and civil disobedience strategies – which have involved the movement drawing upon the law in particular spatial contexts. The article begins by examining a number of factors which have been employed in recent social movement literature to explain strategy choice, including ideology, resources, political and legal opportunity, and framing. It then proceeds to argue that the issues of scale, space, and place play an important role in relation to framing by the movement in the two case examples. Both can be seen to involve scalar reframing, with the movement attempting to resist localizing tendencies and to replace them with a global frame. Both also involve an attempt to reframe the issue of nuclear weapons away from the contested frame of the past (unilateral disarmament) towards the more universal and widely accepted frame of international law.

Suggested Citation

Hilson, Chris, Framing the Local and the Global in the Anti-Nuclear Movement: Law and the Politics of Place. Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 36, Issue 1, pp. 94-109, March 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1394730 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2009.00458.x

Chris Hilson (Contact Author)

University of Reading ( email )

Whiteknights
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AH
United Kingdom

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