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|Title: ||CND: the challenge of the post-war era|
|Authors: ||Harrison, Mark L.|
|Keywords: ||Nuclear disarmament|
|Issue Date: ||1994|
|Publisher: ||© Mark Lindsay Harrison|
|Abstract: ||The intention of this work has been threefold. Firstly it examines in some detail the
history of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) from its inception during
the late 1950's to the beginning of the 1990's, as the Peace Movement begins to
respond to the changes wrought by the ending of the cold war at the end of the 1980's.
It examines in detail the relationship between the movement and their supporters and
opponents. In particular, detailed attention is paid to the relationships that have
existed between CND and the British Labour Party, as well as the wider Political
Opportunity Structure - other major political parties, associated pressure groups, the
Trade Union movement and the established churches.
Secondly, it examines the utility of the various Social Movement theories that are in
existence, and applies these directly to CND in both an historical and contemporary
context. Extensive examination of these theories will reveal that in the case of the
majority (Resource Mobilisation, Relative Deprivation, New Social Movement
theory), these are of limited utility in the case of CND in particular and British Social
Movements in general.
Finally, with the use of original survey data and statistical analysis, the thesis will
evaluate these perspectives, and will conclude with a discussion of new approaches to
the study of the wider Social Movement phenomenon. In particular, the final chapter
will discuss the concept of 'Habitual Membership' as a possible explanation for
continuing CND membership and activity in the post cold-war period of the early
|Description: ||A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.|
|Appears in Collections:||PhD Theses (Politics and International Studies)|
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