Being Nuclear

Un libro in lingua di Gabrielle Hecht edito da Mit Pr, 2014

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Uranium from Africa has long been a major source of fuel for nuclear power and atomicweapons, including the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. In 2003, after the infamous "yellow cake fromNiger," Africa suddenly became notorious as a source of uranium, a component of nuclearweapons. But did that admit Niger, or any of Africa's other uranium-producing countries, to theselect society of nuclear states? Does uranium itself count as a nuclear thing? In this book,Gabrielle Hecht lucidly probes the question of what it means for something--a state, an object, anindustry, a workplace--to be "nuclear."

Hecht shows that questionsabout being nuclear--a state that she calls "nuclearity"--lie at the heart of today'sglobal nuclear order and the relationships between "developing nations" (often formercolonies) and "nuclear powers" (often former colonizers). Hecht enters African nuclearworlds, focusing on miners and the occupational hazard of radiation exposure. Could a mine be anuclear workplace if (as in some South African mines) its radiation levels went undetected andunmeasured? With this book, Hecht is the first to put Africa in the nuclear world, and the nuclearworld in Africa. By doing so, she remakes our understanding of the nuclear age.

Informazioni bibliografiche

  • Titolo del Libro in lingua: Being Nuclear
  • Sottotitolo: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade
  • Lingua: English
  • AutoreGabrielle Hecht
  • Editore: Mit Pr
  • Collana: Mit Pr (Paperback)
  • Data di Pubblicazione: 29 Agosto '14
  • Genere: HISTORY
  • Pagine: 451
  • Dimensioni mm: 228 x 152 x 23
  • ISBN-10: 0262526867
  • EAN-13: 9780262526869