Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung (HSR) 39 (2014), 1

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Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung (HSR)
GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften Journal Historical Social Research Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8 50667 Köln
Janssen, Philip Jost

Historical Social Research / Historische Sozialforschung (HSR) 4/2014

FOCUS I – Cultural Life Scripts
FOCUS II – Global Anti-Nuclear Protest

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 Derks
Historical Research on Cultural Life Scripts. An Exploration of Opportunities and Future Prospects. p. 7.

Angélique Janssens & Ben Pelzer
Lovely Little Angels in Heaven? The Influence of Religiously Determined Cultural Life Scripts on Infant Survival in the Netherlands, 1880–1920. p. 19.

Peter Rietbergen
Cardinal-Prime Ministers, ca. 1450 – ca. 1750: Careers between Personal Choices and Cultural Life Scripts. p. 48.

Hilde Bras
The Influence of Popular Beliefs about Childbirth on Fertility Patterns in Mid-Twentieth-Century Netherlands. p. 76.

Theo Engelen
Life 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 Boonstra
The Multidimensionality of Cultural Life Scripts: Results from a 1970s Survey. p. 133.

Marjet Derks
Sportlife. Medals, Media and Life Courses of Female Dutch Olympic Champions, 1928–1940. p. 144.

FOCUS II – Anti-Nuclear Protest

Astrid Mignon Kirchhof & Jan-Henrik Meyer
Global Protest against Nuclear Power. Transfer and Transnational Exchange in the 1970s and 1980s. p. 165.

Stephen Milder
Between 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. Hughes
Civil Disobedience in Transnational Perspective: American and West German Anti-Nuclear-Power Protesters, 1975–1982. p. 236.

Astrid Mignon Kirchhof
Spanning the Globe: West-German Support for the Australian Anti-Nuclear Movement. p. 254.


Nils Freytag, Angelika Epple, Andreas Frings, Dieter Langewiesche & Thomas Welskopp
Mehrfachbesprechung 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 Halpin
Class, Status and the Stratification of Residential Preferences amongst Accountants. p. 336.

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