One of the most controversial US atomic projects of all time was the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) company’s decision to build a nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon, a scenic part of the central California coastline and three miles from a geological fault line.
Dr John Wills, Lecturer in American History, has written the first book to address the full story of Diablo Canyon. He says, ‘Environmentalists used Diablo as a symbol of impending ecological doomsday, while PG&E envisioned it as the model that would usher in a new age of energy production.’ The two sides proved irreconcilable, and in 1981 a grass roots two-week-long blockade of the nuclear plant resulted in 1,900 activists being jailed, the largest arrest in the history of American nuclear protest.’
Diablo Canyon was one of the last wild places in the state and this book focuses on it and its transformation into a major technological centre, and on the evolution and strategies of the little-studied protest groups determined to protect California and resist the spread of nuclear technology.
Other publications produced by Kent staff during 2005/2006 included:
- Professor Robin Gill, Health Care and Christian Ethics (New Studies in Christian Ethics)
- Dr John Partridge (editor), Getting into German Multidisciplinary Linguistic Approaches
- Dr Paolo Dardanelli, European Integration and Scottish Devolution
- Georgia Lepper and Dr Nick Riding, Researching the Psychotherapy Process
- Steven Carnaby and Paul Cambridge (co-editors), Intimate and Personal Care with People with Learning Disabilities
- Paul Cambridge and Steven Carnaby (co-editors), Person Centred Planning and Care Management with People with Learning Disabilities
- Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby and Dr Jens Zinn, Learning about Risk (internet book)
- Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby and Dr Jens Zinn, Risk in Social Science
- Dr Rajindra K Puri, Deadly Dances in the Bornean Rainforest: Hunting Knowledge of the Penan Benalui
- Professor Francis Green, Demanding Work: The Paradox of Job Quality in the Affluent Economy
- Professor Anthony Elliott, The New Individualism: The Emotional Costs of Globalization