Bravo for the Marshallese: Regaining Control in a Post-Nuclear, Post-Colonial World / Edition 2

Bravo for the Marshallese: Regaining Control in a Post-Nuclear, Post-Colonial World / Edition 2

by Holly M. Barker
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1111833842

ISBN-13: 9781111833848

Pub. Date: 03/09/2012

Publisher: Cengage Learning

This case study describes the role an applied anthropologist takes to help Marshallese communities understand the impact of radiation exposure on the environment and themselves, and addresses problems stemming from the U.S. nuclear weapons testing program conducted in the Marshall Islands from 1946-1958. The author demonstrates how the U.S. Government limits its

Overview

This case study describes the role an applied anthropologist takes to help Marshallese communities understand the impact of radiation exposure on the environment and themselves, and addresses problems stemming from the U.S. nuclear weapons testing program conducted in the Marshall Islands from 1946-1958. The author demonstrates how the U.S. Government limits its responsibilities for dealing with the problems it created in the Marshall Islands. Through archival, life history, and ethnographic research, the author constructs a compelling history of the testing program from a Marshallese perspective. For more than five decades, the Marshallese have experienced the effects of the weapons testing program on their health and their environment. This book amplifies the voice of the Marshallese who share their knowledge about illnesses, premature deaths, and exile from their homelands. The author uses linguistic analysis to show how the Marshallese developed a unique radiation language to discuss problems related to their radiation exposure problems that never existed before the testing program. Drawing on her own experiences working with the government of the Marshall Islands, the author emphasizes the role of an applied anthropologist in influencing policy, and empowering community leaders to seek meaningful remedies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781111833848
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
03/09/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
696,052
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1. Setting the Stage: The Geography, Social/Political Organization, and Language of the Marshal Islands. 2. A Colonial History of the Marshall Islands. 3. The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Testing Program. 4. Ethnography and a Marshallese Narrative of History. 5. Alienation from the Land: The Rongelap Experience. 6. Language and the Testing Program. 7. Uncovering Themes in Linguistic Data. 8. Changed Circumstances: Petitioning the U.S. Government. 9. Other Case Studies. 10. Method and Community Empowerment. 11. Competing Narratives of History. 12. The Failure of Reconciliation and the Mobility of Structural Violence.

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