Editorial: Post-Atomic thoughts: Remembering Chernobyl and Fukushima

Dr Thom Davies, Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick @ThomDavies Around five years ago, I was in a village near Chernobyl. Bad Ukrainian electropop was hissing out of the car radio as we drove north towards the Exclusion Zone fence. I was frantically writing PhD research notes while we bumped along an uneven … Continue reading Editorial: Post-Atomic thoughts: Remembering Chernobyl and Fukushima

On the Consequences of Chernobyl

Dr Olga Kuchinskaya, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh The main question about the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, as historian David Marples puts it, is “how many people did it actually affect through death, illness, or evacuation?” My book, The Politics of Invisibility: Public Knowledge about Radiation Health Effects after Chernobyl, suggests that … Continue reading On the Consequences of Chernobyl

Fukushima and the Right NOT to Return: Nuclear Displacement in a System for “Hometown Recovery”

Dr Liz Maly, Assistant Professor in the International Research institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University On March 11, 2011, the 9.0 magnitude Great East Japan Earthquake (GEJE) unleashed a massive tsunami devastating over 500 square kilometers of Japan’s northeast Tohoku coast. This region has experienced tsunamis every 30-40 years, but the size and impact … Continue reading Fukushima and the Right NOT to Return: Nuclear Displacement in a System for “Hometown Recovery”

The ‘uncanny’ in Fukushima’s nuclear aftermath: anxiety-provoking attachment to home

Yohei Koyama, doctoral researcher in the Department of Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea, SOAS, University of London, UK. “I’m afraid to say it, but we love Chernobyl. It’s become the meaning of our lives. The meaning of our suffering” (Alexievich 1997, 215), says Natalya Roslova. She is one of the voices in Svetlana Alexievich’s … Continue reading The ‘uncanny’ in Fukushima’s nuclear aftermath: anxiety-provoking attachment to home

“We want to Know what we’re Breathing”: Cement Factories and Contested Environmental Illness in Minas, Uruguay

Dr Daniel Renfrew, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, West Virginia University, USA. In 2011 residents of the small Uruguayan city of Minas (pop: 40,000) identified a disturbing trend. Loved ones, neighbors, and above all, children, adolescents and young adults, were coming down at seemingly alarming rates with various kinds of cancer- “strange cancers,” … Continue reading “We want to Know what we’re Breathing”: Cement Factories and Contested Environmental Illness in Minas, Uruguay

The Petrochemical Complex as a Unit of Reference in Considering Companies’ Relationships with the Local Community

Miguel Ángel López-Navarro, Department of Business Administration and Marketing, Universitat Jaume I, Castelló, Spain My approach to studying the petrochemical industry, from a management perspective, is rooted in an interest in assessing how economic and environmental dimensions interact through the lens of the local community, in a petrochemical complex located in Castellón (Spain) a few … Continue reading The Petrochemical Complex as a Unit of Reference in Considering Companies’ Relationships with the Local Community