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Roots Of Rhetoric
     

Roots Of Rhetoric

by Haider K. Nizamani
 

In an unanticipated flurry of atomic weapons testing—a total of 10 tests over 20 days in 1998—India and Pakistan announced to the world their emergence as full-fledged nuclear powers. How, Nizamani asks, did nuclear escalation come to dominate the agendas of both nations? In a comparative analysis, Nizamani reveals the political underpinnings of nuclear

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In an unanticipated flurry of atomic weapons testing—a total of 10 tests over 20 days in 1998—India and Pakistan announced to the world their emergence as full-fledged nuclear powers. How, Nizamani asks, did nuclear escalation come to dominate the agendas of both nations? In a comparative analysis, Nizamani reveals the political underpinnings of nuclear weapons development, arguing that Indian and Pakistani nuclearization is linked to processes of national formation.

Working within the Critical Security Studies framework, Nizamani traces the development of nuclear discourses in India and Pakistan from early nationhood to the present. Nizamani defers conclusive identification of real or objective national threats, and instead examines the historical specificities and internal tensions of the dominant Indian and Pakistani security discourses. Additionally, Nizamani provides an overview of anti-nuclear dissent in South Asia.

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Focusing on the "nukespeak" discourse in Pakistan and India, the author starts with a critique of neorealist and opposing theoretical criteria used in the study of Third World security issues. Then the emergence of the nuclear issue in these newest nuclear powers is traced and updated by a survey of the current rhetoric, including dissident voices (e.g. Arundhati Roy speaking of nuclear "meat hooks" in the national brains of these adversaries). He concludes that Indian and Pakistani hawks are "siblings of the same theory," namely, a so-called political realism that takes as objectively true their respective analyses of strategic situations. Though his journal articles are listed in the bibliography, Nizamani's affiliation is not stated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275968779
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/30/2000
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile:
1630L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

HAIDER K. NIZAMANI is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies./e

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