By Joseph Masco

The Nuclear Borderlands explores the sociocultural fallout of twentieth-century America's most efficient technoscientific project--the atomic bomb. Joseph Masco deals the 1st anthropological research of the long term outcomes of the ny undertaking for the folks that stay in and round Los Alamos, New Mexico, the place the 1st atomic bomb, and the vast majority of guns within the present U.S. nuclear arsenal, have been designed. Masco examines how assorted groups--weapons scientists at Los Alamos nationwide Laboratory, neighboring Pueblo Indian countries and Nuevomexicano groups, and antinuclear activists--have engaged the U.S. nuclear guns venture within the post-Cold battle interval, mobilizing to discuss and redefine what constitutes "national security."

In a pathbreaking ethnographic research, Masco argues that the U.S. concentrate on strength nuclear apocalypse through the chilly conflict obscured the wider results of the nuclear advanced on American society. The atomic bomb, he demonstrates, isn't just the engine of yank technoscientific modernity; it has produced a brand new cognitive orientation towards lifestyle, frightening cross-cultural reports of what Masco calls a "nuclear uncanny." Revealing how the bomb has reconfigured options of time, nature, race, and citizenship, the publication offers new theoretical views at the beginning and common sense of U.S. nationwide defense tradition. The Nuclear Borderlands eventually assesses the efforts of the nuclear safeguard country to reinvent itself in a post-Cold battle international, and in so doing exposes the nuclear good judgment assisting the twenty-first-century U.S. conflict on terrorism.

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