The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico / Edition 1
  • The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico / Edition 1
  • The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico / Edition 1

The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico / Edition 1

by Joseph Masco
     
 

The Nuclear Borderlands alters the meaning of 'ethnography' in a way that will challenge all of us in anthropology. It will certainly take its place among the classic texts assessing the cultural politics of the bomb, and it will join the must-read ranks in the literature on American nationalism and nation-making in the late twentieth century."—Susan

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The Nuclear Borderlands alters the meaning of 'ethnography' in a way that will challenge all of us in anthropology. It will certainly take its place among the classic texts assessing the cultural politics of the bomb, and it will join the must-read ranks in the literature on American nationalism and nation-making in the late twentieth century."—Susan Harding, University of California, Santa Cruz, author of The Book of Jerry Falwell and Remaking Ibieca

"No account of the post Cold War environment can afford to ignore this study and the tangle of economic, political, and cultural rights, interests, and imperatives it maps. Joe Masco pushes the ethnographic agenda firmly forward into an ambivalent twenty-first century, where Los Alamos is both dangerous polluter and lifeline employer, where rival eco-cultures, ethnicities, and social hierarchies fight over control of nature, and where the technological future can exacerbate or redeem the nuclear past. Neither antinuclear environmentalists, nor Native Americans, nor Nuevomexicanos, nor the Los Alamos scientists, nor the Washington politicians have a monopoly on the answers, and Masco shows us why."—Michael M. J. Fischer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author of Emergent Forms of Life and the Anthropological Voice

"Joseph Masco's argument that nuclear weapons are no longer a technology subject to scientific challenge but rather exist primarily as powerful cultural constructs takes us a long way toward understanding post-Cold War continuities in U.S. security strategies, as well as some of the astounding aspects of American exceptionalism in international politics."—John Borneman, Princeton University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691120775
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/27/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
438
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1: THE ENLIGHTENED EARTH 1

The Nuclear State of Emergency 5

Radioactive Nation-building 18

The Nuclear Uncanny 27

"A Multidimensional, Nonlinear, Complex System" 35

PART I: EVERYDAY LIFE IN THE PLUTONIUM ECONOMY 41

Chapter 2: NUCLEAR TECHNOAESTHETICS: THE SENSORY POLITICS OF THE BOMB IN LOS ALAMOS 43

The Bomb's Future 46

Above-ground Testing (1945-1962): Tactility and the Nuclear Sublime 55

Underground Testing (1963-1992): Embracing Complexity, Fetishizing Production 68

Science-Based Stockpile Stewardship (1995-2010): Virtual Bombs and Prosthetic Senses 78

Of Bombs and Bodies in the Plutonium Economy 96

Chapter 3: ECONATIONALISMS: FIRST NATIONS IN THE PLUTONIUM ECONOMY 99

Ecologies of Place 101

The New World: 1942/1992 112

Mirrors and Appropriations: The Secret Societies of the Pajarito Plateau 119

Explosive Testing 132

Nuclear Nations: The Sovereignty of Nuclear Waste 144

Econationalisms in the Plutonium Economy 156

Chapter 4: RADIOACTIVE NATION-BUILDING IN NORTHERN NEW MEXICO: A NUCLEAR MAQUILADORA? 160

Radioactive Death Trucks 162

On Invasion and Illegitimacy 179

LANL: A Nuclear Maquiladora? 197

Nuevomexicano Futures in the Plutonium Economy 213

Chapter 5: BACKTALKING TO THE NATIONAL FETISH: THE RISE OF ANTINUCLEAR ACTIVISM IN SANTA FE 215

The Post-Cold War Moment 219

The Psychic Toxicity of Plutonium 228

Anti-antinuclear Activists 237

What Is a "New" Nuclear Weapon? 244

Los Alamos: Ground Zero of the Peace Movement 256

PART II: NATIONAL INSECURITIES 261

Chapter 6: LIE DETECTORS: ON SECRECTS AND HYPERSECURITY IN LOS ALAMOS 263

What Is a Nuclear Secret? 265

On Racial Profiling 272

Hypersecurity Measures 278

The "New Normal" 283

Chapter 7: MUTANT ECOLOGIES: RADIOACTIVE LIFE IN POST-COLD WAR NEW MEXICO 289

Of Men and Ants 293

Nuclear Test Subjects 302

The Wildlife/Sacrifice Zone 311

Environmental Sentinels, or the Militarization of the Honey Bee 316

The Social Logics of Mutation 324

Chapter 8: EPILOGUE: THE NUCLEAR BORDERLANDS 328

Notes 339

References 375

Index 413

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