Activism and shifting identities in Western Australia
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Scholarly research into activism spans over three decades and represents one of the largest bodies of knowledge in public relations literature. However, to date little emic research has been conducted to provide insight into the activist-organisation relationship beyond the prevailing corporate perspective and heavy reliance on secondary sources.This study sets out to address the current gap in the PR activism literature, by providing first hand insight into one of the currently most visible activist communities in Western Australia; the anti nuclear movement. Drawing on Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice, the author examines different forms of capital and power within the context of post Global Financial Crisis (GFC), resource-centric Western Australia. The uranium mining debate has recently gained new momentum, due to a temporary downturn in traditional mining sectors (such as aluminium and iron ore), a reversal of the long-held uranium mining ban in Western Australia in late 2008 and the potential role nuclear energy may play as a solution to global warming.This study explores how WA anti-nuclear activists have endeavoured to contribute to the public debate and influence the political agenda, both at a state and national level. This study is of exploratory nature, based on participant observation and semi-structured interviews with key activists, providing insight into the activists’ point of view.
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