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Environmental Protest in Western Europe$
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Christopher Rootes

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199252060

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199252068.001.0001

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The Basque Country

The Basque Country

(p.200) 8 The Basque Country
Environmental Protest in Western Europe

Iñaki Barcena

Pedro Ibarra

Eunate Guarrotxena

Jon Torre

Oxford University Press

Environmental protest in the Basque Country has been distinguished by its intensity and its frequency as well as by its association with the cause of Basque nationalism. To analyse the transformation of environmental protest in the Basque Country during a decade (198897), in the course of which environmental concerns became increasingly autonomous of the national question and instead became more embedded in the struggles of local communities to preserve their quality of life, we examined reports of environmental protest published in the newspaper EGIN. The majority of ecological organizations, while they appear to have distanced themselves from the protest‐oriented and anti‐institutional scenario and discursive frame of radical Basque nationalism, have not embarked on a determined process of institutionalization. Instead, they seem to have found a new ecological space, ’eco‐localism’, from which to continue their work. In this respect, it would seem that the movement is following the famous slogan ’Think globally, act locally.’

Keywords:   environmentalism, institutionalization, localism, mass media, nationalism, protest, social movements

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