Book ID: CBB922201073

Radioactive Ghosts (2020)


Gabriele Schwab (Author)

University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 2020
Language: English

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 395

Amid resurgent calls for widespread nuclear energy and “limited nuclear war,” the populations that must live with the consequences of these decisions are increasingly insecure. The nuclear peril combined with the looming threat of climate change means that we are seeing the formation of a new kind of subjectivity: humans who are in a position of perpetual ontological insecurity. In Radioactive Ghosts, Gabriele Schwab articulates a vision of these “nuclear subjectivities” that we all live with. Focusing on the legacies of the Manhattan Project, Hiroshima, and nuclear energy politics, Radioactive Ghosts takes us on a tour of the little-seen sides of our nuclear world. Examining devastating uranium mining on Native lands, nuclear sacrifice zones, the catastrophic accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima, and the formation of a new transspecies ethics, Schwab shows how individuals threatened with extinction are creating new adaptations, defenses, and communal spaces. Ranging from personal accounts of experiences with radiation to in-depth readings of literature, film, art, and scholarly works, Schwab gives us a complex, idiosyncratic, and personal analysis of one of the most overlooked issues of our time.

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Authors & Contributors
Matthew Cotton
Bauer, Susanne
Bensaude-Vincent, Bernadette
Bickerstaff, K.
Boudia, Soraya
Brown, Kate
Public Understanding of Science
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
Earth Sciences History: Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society
Environmental History
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
University of West Virginia Press
Crown Publishers
MIT Press
Oxford University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Nuclear power; atomic energy
Nuclear and radioactive waste
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Technology and society
Technology and politics
Public understanding of science
Eisenhower, Dwight David
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
United States
Great Britain
World Health Organization (WHO)
United States. Department of Energy

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