Etsuko Kinefuchi publishes book on Japan's Nuclear Power discourses

IECA member Etsuko Kinefuchi  has just published a book that examines the discursive formation of nuclear power in Japan.. Competing Discourses on Japan’s Nuclear Power: Pronuclear versus Antinuclear Activism is published by Routledge. Kinefuchi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and affiliated faculty in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA.

The book provides insights into the ways nuclear power has been both promoted and resisted, constituting and being constituted by Japan’s sociocultural landscape. Each chapter pays close attention to a particular discursive site, including newspaper editorials, public relations campaigns, local site fights, urban antinuclear activism, and post-Fukushima pronuclear and antinuclear articulations. The book also raises the question of democracy and sustainability through the examination of nuclear power discourses. It demonstrates the power of discourse in shaping nuclear power by creating knowledge, influencing decisions, relationships, identity, and community. Readers will gain a range of insights from the book: prominent articulations on nuclear power discourse, state and corporate strategies for enticing consent for controversial facilities and technologies, the power of the media in framing public knowledge, the role of social movements and activism in civic society, the power of community, and nuclear power as a problematic in representative democracy and sustainability.