Life Exposed Biological Citizens after Chernobyl

ISBN-10: 0691151660

ISBN-13: 9780691151663

Edition: 2013 (Revised)

Authors: Adriana Petryna

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On April 26, 1986, Unit Four of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded in then Soviet Ukraine. More than 3.5 million people in Ukraine alone, not to mention many citizens of surrounding countries, are still suffering the effects.Life Exposedis the first book to comprehensively examine the vexed political, scientific, and social circumstances that followed the disaster. Tracing the story from an initial lack of disclosure to post-Soviet democratizing attempts to compensate sufferers, Adriana Petryna uses anthropological tools to take us into a world whose social realities are far more immediate and stark than those described by policymakers and scientists. She asks: What happens to politics when state officials fail to inform their fellow citizens of real threats to life? What are the moral and political consequences of remedies available in the wake of technological disasters?Through extensive research in state institutions, clinics, laboratories, and with affected families and workers of the so-called Zone, Petryna illustrates how the event and its aftermath have not only shaped the course of an independent nation but have made health a negotiated realm of entitlement. She tracks the emergence of a "biological citizenship" in which assaults on health become the coinage through which sufferers stake claims for biomedical resources, social equity, and human rights.Life Exposedprovides an anthropological framework for understanding the politics of emergent democracies, the nature of citizenship claims, and everyday forms of survival as they are interwoven with the profound changes that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/24/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Adriana Petryna is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of "When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects" and the coeditor of "When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health" (both Princeton).

List of Figures and Tables
Introduction to the 2013 Edition
Note on Transliteration
Life Politics after Chernobyl
Time Lapse
A Technogenic Catastrophe
Nation Building
Experimental Systems
Docta Ignorantia
The Unstoppable Course of Radiation Illness
Technical Error: Measures of Life and Risk
A Foreign Burden
Saturated Grid
Institute of Biophysics, Moscow
Soviet-American Cooperation
Safe Living Politics
Life Sciences
Risk In Vivo
Chernobyl in Historical Light
How to Remember Then
New City of Bila-Skala
Contracts of Truth
Requiem for Storytelling
Illness as Work: Human Market Transition
City of Sufferers
Capitalist Transition
Nothing to Buy and Nothing to Sell
Medical-Labor Committees
Disability Claims
Illness for Life
Biological Citizenship
Remediation Models
Normalizing Catastrophe
Suffering and Medical Signs
Domestic Neurology
Disability Groups
Law, Medicine, and Corruption
Material Basis of Health
Local Science and Organic Processes
Social Rebuilding
Radiation Research
Between the Lesional and the Psychosocial
New Sociality
Doctor-Patient Relations
No One Is Hiding Anything Anymore
In the Middle of the Experiment
Self and Social Identity in Transition
Anton and Halia
Beyond the Family: Kvartyra and Public Voice
Medicalized Selves
Everyday Violence
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