Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung (HSR) 4/2014
FOCUS I – Cultural Life Scripts FOCUS II – Global Anti-Nuclear ProtestMIXED ISSUE
FOCUS I – Onno Boonstra, Hilde Bras & Marjet Derks (Eds.): Historical Research on Cultural Life Scripts. An Exploration of Opportunities and Future Prospects
People live their lives guided by a cultural life script: a set of images and assumptions based on dominant representations of an idealized life that are shared with others in the community. Cultural life scripts provide a conceptual link between individual and society. They are not fixed but change in the face of new ideas and in response to changing social en economic structures and conditions. For that reason, research based on cultural life scripts is a challenge for cultural historians, social historians and historical demographers. This HSR Focus contains seven contributions of the Nijmegen based research group “Self, Script and Society”. They have been selected to show the wide variety of research possibilities of cultural life scripts within the domain of historical research and to place cultural life scripts more firmly on the future agenda of historians.
FOCUS II – Astrid Mignon Kirchhof, Jan-Henrik Meyer (Eds.): Global Protest against Nuclear Power. Transfer and Transnational Exchange in the 1970s and 1980s
Protest against nuclear power plants, uranium mining and nuclear testing was a major mobilizing force in the rise of mass environmental movements in the 1970s and 1980s around the globe. Nevertheless, the historiography of anti-nuclear protest remains largely limited to national stories about heroic conflict and the rise of movements. The contributions to this focus issue explore the so far under-researched transnational dimension of the conflict in a global perspective. They make visible for the first time relevant transfers of scientific knowledge and protest practices as well as transnational exchange between activists and experts from Western Europe, the United States and Australia. Rather than taking transnational interaction for granted, the authors explore the conditions facilitating and hampering the transfer of ideas. They analyse why only certain activists were committed and able to cross borders, as well as the obstacles they were facing. Thus, this HSR Focus contributes to current academic debates in environmental history, the history of social movements as well as global and transnational history.
Furthermore this HSR issue contains a Mixed Issue with three articles.
Abstracts of all contributions are available on our website <http://www.gesis.org/hsr/>.
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FOCUS I – Cultural Life Scripts
Onno Boonstra, Hilde Bras and Marjet DerksHistorical Research on Cultural Life Scripts. An Exploration of Opportunities and Future Prospects. p. 7.
Angélique Janssens & Ben PelzerLovely Little Angels in Heaven? The Influence of Religiously Determined Cultural Life Scripts on Infant Survival in the Netherlands, 1880–1920. p. 19.
Peter RietbergenCardinal-Prime Ministers, ca. 1450 – ca. 1750: Careers between Personal Choices and Cultural Life Scripts. p. 48.
Hilde BrasThe Influence of Popular Beliefs about Childbirth on Fertility Patterns in Mid-Twentieth-Century Netherlands. p. 76.
Theo EngelenLife Scripts and Life Realities: Women in Nineteenth-Century Nijmegen. p. 104.
Jan Kok“At age 27, she gets furious”. Scripts on Marriage and Life Course Variation in The Netherlands, 1850–1970. p. 113
Onno BoonstraThe Multidimensionality of Cultural Life Scripts: Results from a 1970s Survey. p. 133.
Marjet DerksSportlife. Medals, Media and Life Courses of Female Dutch Olympic Champions, 1928–1940. p. 144.
FOCUS II – Anti-Nuclear Protest
Astrid Mignon Kirchhof & Jan-Henrik MeyerGlobal Protest against Nuclear Power. Transfer and Transnational Exchange in the 1970s and 1980s. p. 165.
Stephen MilderBetween Grassroots Activism and Transnational Aspirations: Anti-Nuclear Protest from the Rhine Valley to the Bundestag, 1974–1983. p. 191.
Jan-Henrik Meyer“Where do we go from Wyhl?” Transnational Anti-Nuclear Protest Targeting European and International Organizations in the 1970s. p. 212.
Michael L. HughesCivil Disobedience in Transnational Perspective: American and West German Anti-Nuclear-Power Protesters, 1975–1982. p. 236.
Astrid Mignon KirchhofSpanning the Globe: West-German Support for the Australian Anti-Nuclear Movement. p. 254.
Nils Freytag, Angelika Epple, Andreas Frings, Dieter Langewiesche & Thomas WelskoppMehrfachbesprechung Doris Gerber: Analytische Metaphysik der Geschichte. Handlungen, Geschichten und ihre Erklärung, Frankfurt/M. 2012. p. 277.
Reinhard Messerschmidt“Garbled Demography” or “Demographization of the social”? – A Foucaultian Discourse Analysis of German Demographic Change at the Beginning of the 21st Century. p. 299.
Philip O’Regan & Brendan HalpinClass, Status and the Stratification of Residential Preferences amongst Accountants. p. 336.
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