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Chapter 6: Oppositional Activity and Social Capital
From the very beginning [of New York state's announcement of the possible siting of a nuclear waste dump in the area] I felt I was part of a hive of bees, threatened with destruction. People called everyone they knew. I talked to Stuart and Sally, to a farmer down the road, to Steve Myers, to you and Megan. There was a general buzz that seemed to connect us all. I sometimes think we are part of a larger organism, even though we usually pretend that we're separate individuals. When there's a crisis, we pull together, subconsciously recognizing we're part of something much bigger.
Local environmental activism occurs in communities. This is more than a prosaic observation; ...