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Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade
Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade by Gabrielle Hecht 0262017261 9780262017268
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Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade by Gabrielle Hecht

<p>Uranium from Africa has long been a major source of fuel for nuclear power and atomic weapons, including the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. In 2002, George W. Bush claimed that Saddam Hussein had sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa (later specified as the infamous yellowcake from Niger). Africa suddenly became notorious as a source of uranium, a component of nuclear weapons. But did that admit Niger, or any of Africas other uranium-producing countries, to the select 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, an industry, a workplace--to be nuclear.</p> <p>Hecht shows that questions about being nuclear--a state that she calls nuclearity--lie at the heart of todays global nuclear order and the relationships between developing nations (often former colonies) and nuclear powers (often former colonizers). Nuclearity, she says, is not a straightforward scientific classification but a contested <i>technopolitical</i> one.</p> <p>Hecht follows uraniums path out of Africa and describes the invention of the global uranium market. She then enters African nuclear worlds, focusing on miners and the occupational hazard of radiation exposure. Could a mine be a nuclear workplace if (as in some South African mines) its radiation levels went undetected and unmeasured? With this book, Hecht is the first to put Africa in the nuclear world, and the nuclear world in Africa. Doing so, she remakes our understanding of the nuclear age.</p

Author: Gabrielle Hecht

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 480

Publisher: The MIT Press

Publication Date: 2012-03-02

Our Price: $23.29

ISBN: 0262017261

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