During the nuclear heyday of the post-war years advocates of atomic power promised cheap electricity and a prosperous future. From the present, however, this promise seems tarnished by accidents, leaks and a lack of public confidence. Mobilising Modernity traces the journey from confidence in technology to the anxieties of the Risk Society, questioning a number of conventional wisdoms en route. This fascinating study also argues for the ongoing importance of the non-violent direct action groups that flourished during the 1970s, showing their continuing influence on today's new social movements. Welsh concludes by considering the implications of this historically based account for contemporary issues of risk and trust on current policy-making.
Ian Welsh lectures sociology in Cardiff University's School of Social Sciences. He has a long standing interest in environmental sociology spanning nuclear, climate change and road-building issues.