Being Nuclear Africans and the Global Uranium Trade
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Description: 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.
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Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/3/2014
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Gabrielle Hecht is Professor of History at the University of Michigan. She is the author of The Radiance of France: Nuclear Power and National Identity after World War II (MIT Press).